Stage 2 (201 km)
Bruxelles (Brussels) >> Spa
Day 2 on the Tour De France was also incident packed with a crash at the 56 km stage
Spilled oil blamed for carnage
06 July 2010 | 04:55
Spilled oil from a motorbike which crashed ahead of the Tour de France peloton on the second stage overnight is suspected to have been the main cause of crashes involving dozens of riders.
Reigning champion Alberto Contador, seven-time winner Lance Armstrong, last years runner-up Andy Schleck and Australias Cadel Evans were among the crash victims as the peloton raced up and down the hills which dotted the end of the 201km ride from Brussels.
All emerged relatively unscathed to finish the stage, won by Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel after a successful breakaway, although both Contador and Schleck were complaining of their injuries.
A statement from Contadors Astana team suggested the oil, which mixed with water on the rainy stage, was the reason so many riders crashed.
Sylvain Chavanel broke away at the 17 km mark and led all the way to the finish with a over a 3 min gap from the peloton
1 Sylvain CHAVANEL FRA QST 10:01:25
2 Fabian CANCELLARA SUI SAX +00:02:57
3 Tony MARTIN GER THR +00:03:07
4 David MILLAR GBR GRM +00:03:17
5 Lance ARMSTRONG USA RSH +00:03:19