TdF Stage 2 – Expect Some Real Damage [Spoilers]
Initially, there will be plenty of hoopla around the yellow jersey: whether it’s Cavendish or Kittel, we should expect the race to unfold in exactly the same way, and the same goes if Sagan has it. That’s because this second stage is a real rollercoaster ride: the Col de la Serra and Col de Vizzavona, followed, at the end, by the Côte du Salario. If you ask me, this parcours is going to cause some real damage! The sprinters will bail out one after another. I even think a team leader who is not in the best of condition ? I’m thinking of how Evans was last year ? could see all of their hopes dashed on this stage, before sinking altogether on the stage that follows, on a course where it will be even harder to hide away…
Well yesterday was a mess… Crashes, buses, flying boats… Standard tour stuff really.
Hopefully we will have less crashing today, although I wouldn’t bet on it. Sagan and Cav are my standard favourites (as always).
There was several crashes near the finish. This one was caused by Andre Greipel trying to squeeze through a small gap which derailed the Omega Pharma Quick Step team including Tony Martin (bloody, but calm in the middle) and Mark Cavendish. Tony Martin abandoned the race – not confirmed.
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StefMcDef goes to the head of the field in the Fantasy league, with 4 people in joint first place in the loser league. Interestingly enough, Hoppy’s loser team has more points than StefMcDef’s winning team. Early days though..Posted 4 years agojonbaMember
To me this has a breakaway win written all over it. Sprinters won’t be able to get back on even with their teams. A breakaway rider will need only a second to get the stage and yellow so I expect some suicidal attacks. Relatively unknown rider from a small team. Nothing to lose biggest career win the possibility.Posted 4 years ago
Looking forward to this, though it’s going to be another late night down under. I can’t see pure sprinters making it to the finish first, so I’m going to go for an all-rounder who’s a good descender and is no threat to the GC (which rules out Cadel): Sagan or Gilbert or a French chancer.Posted 4 years agotrail_ratMember
andre gets the intermediate – cav just limiting damage ? – doesnt seem to be hitting the famous cav after burners – or is sagan just upped his game this year…. gripel did make them look stupid though – you guys are racing but im just going to ride up the side of you guys.Posted 4 years ago
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I’ll have more to say on this later. — StevePosted 4 years agoDenDennisMember
i’ll love it if it ends a sprint but I doubt it on this one-
interesting tweet from Cav earlier- any further comment on this?
Mark Cavendish ?@MarkCavendish 5h
I’d love an explanation from @UCI_cycling as to why time was neutralised on yesterday’s stage, but not points. Were only GC riders affected?Posted 4 years ago
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