The Intensity and Strategy of Stage 2 of the 2012 Tour de France

The 2012 Tour de France is in full swing and the intensity and strategy of Stage 2 was on full display. The stage, which was won by BMC Racing's Thor Hushovd, was marked by a number of key attacks and counter-attacks. The first major move came from Liquigas-Cannondale's Peter Sagan, who attacked on the first climb of the day. Sagan was quickly joined by a number of other riders, including Hushovd, and the group quickly built up a lead of over a minute. However, the peloton was not content to let the breakaway riders stay away and they began to reel them back in. With 5km to go, the breakaway group was caught and it was all back together for the final sprint. Hushovd proved to be the strongest on the day, beating out Sagan and Edvald Boasson Hagen to take the stage win. The win moves Hushovd up to second place overall, behind only race leader Fabian Cancellara. The second stage of the Tour de France is always an important one, as it is the first time that the GC contenders really have to show their hand. And while there were no major changes in the overall standings, we did get to see some of the key players in action. Hushovd's win will be a boost to his BMC team, and they will be looking to build on that in the coming stages.This year's Tour de France is sure to be an exciting one, with the addition of a new stage that will take riders through the mountains of the Pyrenees. This stage, which is sure to be one of the most challenging of the race, will be sure to test the mettle of even the most experienced riders. The stage will begin in the town of Pau, which is located in the foothills of the Pyrenees. From there, riders will head up the climb of the Col du Tourmalet, one of the most iconic climbs in the Tour de France. The Tourmalet is sure to be a tough challenge for the riders, as it is a long and difficult climb. Once the riders reach the top of the Tourmalet, they will then descend down the other side into the town of Bagneres-de-Luchon. From there, they will begin the climb up the Col de Peyresourde, another tough climb that will test the riders. The stage will then finish with a descent into the town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre, where the riders will surely be relieved to have finished such a difficult stage. This stage is sure to be one of the most exciting and challenging of the Tour de France, and it will be sure to test the skills of even the most experienced riders. It will be a great test of the riders' endurance and strength, and it will be a great spectacle for fans of the race.The 2012 Tour de France has been an exciting race so far, and Stage 2 was no exception. The riders put on an impressive show of strength and strategy, and the stage was ultimately won by Bradley Wiggins. This was a great stage to watch, and it is clear that the riders are giving it their all in this year's Tour. With so much intensity and strategy on display, it is sure to be an exciting race all the way to the finish.
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