• Big crowds and tough climbs characterised an exciting second stage in Yorkshire
  • Chris Froome was in a relaxed mood as he made his way to the start line
  • Mark Cavendish announced before the start that he was withdrawing from the race following his crash on stage one
  • The peloton were greeted by huge crowds as they rolled out of York
  • Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel, Bryan Coquard and Jens Voigt showed off their jerseys on the way out of York
  • A group of seven riders formed the day's breakaway
  • There were a number of testing climbs along the route
  • Team Sky made sure that Froome was well marshalled throughout
  • It was a hilly parcours in Yorkshire
  • Voigt was decked out in polka dots after his stage one heroics
  • Giant-Shimano set the early pace-making for race leader Kittel...
  • ...But the hilly stage was too much for the sprinter
  • The fans were out in full force to cheer the riders through Haworth
  • Vasil Kiryienka led the Team Sky train over Holme Moss
  • Cyril Lemoine was offered a banana
  • Geraint Thomas set the pace for Team Sky
  • Richie Porte was forced to chase back on after a crash
  • Vincenzo Nibali launched an opportunistic attack in the closing kilometres and held on for the win
  • The Italian took over the race lead and pulled on the yellow jersey
  • Peter Sagan was fourth but did enough to claim the green jersey

Tour de France stage two gallery

Big crowds and tough climbs characterised an exciting second stage in Yorkshire