Vos boss as crash chaos hits women's Tour

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Dutch great Marianne Vos has won an incident-packed stage two of the Tour de France Femmes to seize the yellow jersey.

Australian champion Nicole Frain and star compatriot Amanda Spratt were among those to crash in the last 25km.

The crashes splintered the peloton in the final 25km of Monday's 135km run to Provins, east of Paris, and Vos found herself in a six-rider escape bunch.

Frain apologised for a dramatic incident when she cannoned into FDJ team leader Marta Cavalli, who was lying on the ground after an earlier crash.

Cavalli, one of the overall favourites, was taken to hospital and is out of the race.

"I'd come down and then I was working my way back through to the peloton, and I was just using all the speed of the convoy to get back," Frain, this year's national champion, told the CyclingTips website.

"I thought I was going to make it through. And then there was a rider right in front and, yeah, you've probably seen the replay."

Spratt, who also crashed on stage one, limped home nearly nine minutes adrift.

With general classification rivals Elisa Longo Borghini and Katarzyna Niewiadoma also in the group, Vos showed her class to sprint clear to cross the line comfortably ahead.

Silvia Persico (Valcar-Traval & Service) was second with Neiwiadoma (Canyon/Sram Racing) in third place.

Fellow Dutch rider Lorena Wiebes had been favourite to follow up her victory on the Champs Elysees in Sunday's opening stage, but came home in the second group.

BikeExchange-Jayco's Ruby Roseman-Gannon was the highest Australian finisher, coming 17th, 34 seconds behind. Tiffany Cromwell is the best-placed Aussie overall, being 16th, 50 seconds behind Vos.

Top Australian Grace Brown, Cavalli's teammate, also had a bad day and finished three minutes off the pace.

Vos, the Olympic gold medallist and multiple world champion, was one of the key figures in the re-introduction of a multi-stage women's Tour de France for the first time in 33 years.

She was narrowly beaten on the line by Wiebes on Sunday, but was not going to be denied again as she crossed the line first in a road race for the 241st time.

"It's not revenge it's just a beautiful day," the 35-year-old said.

"I can't really describe what happened, we knew we had to be focused and alert.

"I didn't expect that we would break away and stay away but yeah, for now this is the best win of my career it's incredible."

Vos will go into Tuesday's third stage with a 10-second lead over Italy's Persico with Poland's Niewiadoma a further two seconds back.

Stage three is a hilly 134-km route from Reims to Epernay with a short category three climb towards the finale.

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