Julian Alaphilippe wins Tour de France's second stage

Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe won the second stage of the Tour de France, a 186km mountain ride around Nice, and took the overall leader's yellow jersey yesterday.

Swiss Marc Hirschi took second place with Briton Adam Yates coming home third.

Alaphilippe, who last year wore the coveted jersey for 14 days, kept his cool to prevail in a three-man sprint as the peloton was breathing down their neck.

Dark horse Dani Martinez, of Colombia, lost time after cracking in the last climb of the day shortly after crashing in a descent.

Alaphilippe, 28, was one of the victims of multiple crashes during the Tour de France's opening stage, which was won by Alexander Kristoff of UAE Emirates last Saturday. - REUTERS