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Dan Martin battles to fourth place as Peter Sagan wins Tour de France 2nd stage, takes overall lead

Sam Bennett had a painful day in the saddle but made sure he finished.

France Cycling Tour de France Spectators light flares as the pack rides during the second stage of the Tour de France. Source: AP/Press Association Images

IRELAND’S DAN MARTIN took fourth spot on today’s second stage of the Tour de France, moving him to 10th overall.

World champion Peter Sagan timed his attack to perfection to win, riding into the race leader’s yellow jersey too.

It was a very tough day for Sam Bennett who was badly injured yesterday. The young Irish rider came in last, over 16 minutes behind Sagan, after a heroic ride to make sure he lives to fight another day.

Belgian Jasper Stuyven spent almost the entire 183km stage from Saint-Lo to Cherbourg in the lead but was agonisingly caught in the final kilometre.

Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe took second with Spain’s Alejandro Valverde third.

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