Belgian Gert Steegmans pedaled to an easy victory in Stage 2 of this year's Tour, crossing the finish line in Gand, Belgium, in just over 3 hours and 48 minutes. Most weren't so lucky: The 104.7 mile trek captured much of the peleton—including yellow-jersey holder Fabian Cancellara—in a pile-up crash just over a mile from the finish.
Steegmans, who usually plays setup man for teammate Tom Boonen, got a taste of life on the podium with yesterday's victory. "All year he does work for me. I wasn't going to pass him on the line," Boonen said. The leader board remained largely unchanged; Tour rules required the pile-up crashers be given the same stage times.