Vincenzo Nibali broke clear to win stage two of the Tour de France after Mark Cavendish pulled out before the start of the stage.
Nibali pulled away with 1.9km to go and was able to finish in front of all of his rivals. Greg Van Avermaet finished in second place, with Michal Kwiatowski finishing in third.
The two second advantage that Nibali had at the finish means he is now the race leader and takes the yellow jersey off Marcel Kittel's shoulders.
First stage win
This was the Italian's first stage win at the Tour de France and he admitted he thought he wouldn't make it to the end without being caught.
Nibali said: “This is wonderful victory. I found the right time to escape. I really felt as though I was all out and I didn’t think I was going to be able to keep up that pace towards the end, but in the end I just found that little bit extra."
Stage two was from York to Sheffield and thousands of spectators turned up to see the start of the race, which included the sad sight of Cavendish admitting he would not be able to continue in the Tour.
After his crash yesterday the sprinter had to withdraw due to a dislocated collarbone and it was clear he was very disappointed with what had happened.
Cavendish said: "I wanted to finish. I had to get my bike to the finish. I was able to do that but I was in pain last night.
"I held a bit of optimism that it was maybe just swelling and it would go down in the night and I could ride this morning. It's actually worse this morning and it's not possible to start from a medical point of view.
"I'm absolutely devastated about it. One, the Tour de France is here in the UK for another two days, and secondly I've got an incredible team. It's hard, but it could be worse for me."
Now all British hopes lay with Chris Froome as Cavendish was the only other realistic hope of stage wins.
With the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire for the first time, the local public and businesses have certainly got in the mood, lining the streets for stages one (Leeds to Harrogate) and two (York to Sheffield).
And, riders were treated to a 4,500 square metre image of a scarecrow racing in a yellow jersey midway through the second stage, with official Tour supplier McCain Foods commissioning the design in one of their potato farmer's fields.
The design was seen early on Sunday as the peloton flew down the A59, and was a fitting tribute to the sport's greatest riders.
Stage Two Result
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana, 5:08:36
2 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC, +2secs
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, st
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale, st
5 Tony Gallopin (Ita) Lotto Belisol, st
6 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge, st
7 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp, st
8 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin, st
9 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC, st
10 Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale, st
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana, 9:52:43
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale, +2secs
3 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC, st
4 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge, st
5 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, st
6 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin, st
7 Jurgen van den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol, st
8 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo, st
9 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC, st
10 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana, st
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