2010 Tour de France: Chavanel Takes Stage, Yellow Jersey

Home bet Sylvain Chavanel took over the Tour de France Yellow Jersey as crashes marred the competition for the second-straight day. Chavanel of Quick-Step came out unscathed from the Brussels-Spa stage to jump from 87th to first place, as crashes affected again the Tour favorites.

Chavanel was part of an early breakaway group that took the risk in the rain-drenched stage. Chavanel was able to reach the finish line virtually unchallenged as crashes derailed the main pack. Among those who were injured in the crashes was 2009 runner-up Andy Schleck, who appeared to have hurt his elbow, but nonetheless was able to finish the stage.

Seven-time winner Lance Armstrong, who finished with the main pack more than four minutes behind, also suffered a minor injury after he went down in the descent from Stockeu Pass. RadioShack manager Johan Bruyneel said Armstrong had a bloodied thigh and a torn uniform when he returned to the team bus.

Chavanel now leads two-day Yellow Jersey holder Fabian Cancellara by 2 minutes and 57 seconds. Armstrong slipped to fifth place, 3 minutes and 19 seconds behind while defending champion Alberto Contador is in seventh place, five seconds further back.

The Tour will continue on Tuesday with the 3rd Stage from Wanze to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut.