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The London-Paris 2012 Stage 2 + Video

by Henry Peacock

Stage Two of The London-Paris [22nd June], travelled through the undulating yet beautiful French countryside, started in Calais and headed south to Amiens. It was a tough stage, but all riders finish in high spirits. The elements were against the peloton before lunch, with dark clouds and a head wind sometimes reaching 40mph. The lunch stop was in the picturesque town of Frevent and 110km into the stage.

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Fast Riding in the Timed Sections

The afternoon saw the riders cover a much shorter distance and the sun finally shone through.  The total distance covered during Stage Two was 169.38km with a total ascent of 1,184m. During the day local primary schools came out to show their support and locals stood in doorways cheering the riders on, bringing the event even closer to The Tour de France experience.

Group One, the fastest of the groups averaged a pace of 26kph, during stage 1 the average was 29kph, showing how tough the conditions were for participants.  The riders contended for the Yellow, Green  and Red jerseys in the flagged time sections. Greg Mansell started Stage Two in the Yellow Jersey and retained his lead. Professional German National mountain-biker Karl Platt held on to the Red Jersey and stays king of the climbs. The Green Jersey also stayed with the fastest sprinter from Stage One,  Shaun Pearson and Annette Loubser starts in Pink again tomorrow.

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Greg Mansell Retained the Leaders Jersey

This year there are a seven speed groups, all led by HotChillee Ride Captains and supported by motorbike outriders, Skoda lead vehicles, Mavic neutral service and mechanical support. Now in France, the peloton benefits from rolling road closures through the stunning French countryside, bringing participants as close as it's possible to get to the experience of the professionals on The Tour de France. 

This year's London-Paris saw professional cyclists Karl Platt, Magnus Backstedt and Colin Lynch and legends, Stephen Roche and Maurizio Fondriest cycling in group one. Other sporting stars in this year's peloton include Nigel Mansell, Joel Stransky and John Salako. Nigel Mansell and the UK Youth team are still going strong following their epic journey from John O'Groats to The London-Paris start-line. The Hand cyclists also had another successful day, completing Stage Two in good time even in the face of the wind and rain.

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Stephen Roche

Stage Three is the final stage and will see riders cycle into Paris. Triple Crown Winner, Stephen Roche, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his victory and will be cycling into Paris on his newly restored 1987 Tour de France winning bike.

Video Of Stage 2: