Nice (AP) - Julian Alaphilippe has won the second stage of the 107th Tour de France. The professional cyclist from France won the mountainous section over 186 kilometers with start and finish in Nice ahead of the Swiss Marc Hirschi from the German Sunweb team and the British Adam Yates.

Alaphilippe thus also won the yellow jersey of the overall first. The top favorites around last year's winner Egan Bernal reached the goal in the main field.

The German classic specialist John Degenkolb and the Belgian ex-world champion Philippe Gilbert were no longer at the start. The duo from the Lotto Soudal team suffered serious knee injuries in the many falls on Saturday.

On Monday, the Tour of France will continue with the third stage over 198 kilometers from Nice to Sisteron. There the sprinters could get a chance to win the day.

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