Tournai, Belgium (Sports Network) - Mark Cavendish of Britain edged Germany's Andre Greipel at the wire to capture Stage 2 of the 2012 Tour de France, while Fabian Cancellara finished in the main pack to retain the overall lead in cycling's most prestigious event.
Cavendish sped past Greipel in the final moments for his 21st career stage win. The Manxman finished the 207.5 kilometer flat route from Vise to Tournai in a time of 4 hours, 56 minutes and 59 seconds.
A total of 146 riders were credited with the same time as the stage winner, including Cancellara. The Swiss speedster was 45th overall on Monday and still has a seven-second lead over Britain's Bradley Wiggins and Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel for the yellow jersey. Wiggins was 68th on Monday and Chavanel was given 42nd place.
Defending champion Cadel Evans was also part of Monday's main group. The Australian finished 78th and remains eighth overall -- 17 second behind Cancellara.
After three days in Belgium, the Tour moves into France on Tuesday for Stage 3 -- a 197 kilometer journey from Orchies to the English Channel coastal town of Boulogne-sur-Mer. The stage includes a few climbs toward the conclusion.
07/02 12:17:56 ET