Stage 2 will make history in the 102nd Tour de France. Contested like a Spring classic in windy and wet conditions, it created significant differences between hot favorites for the overall classification. Chris Froome and Alberto Contador made the front group in which André Greipel proved to be the fastest against Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish while Fabian Cancellara, third, moved into the lead. Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana lost 1.28.
Coming to Utrecht I said this could be my last Tour de France and I didn't want to go home empty handed. Next year it'll start at the Mont-Saint-Michel with no time trial again so my big occasion was yesterday and I was very disappointed to miss out on the win and the yellow jersey. This morning I woke up early. I didn't have the best sleep. I looked at the nice weather and believed it would be an easy stage but as we started racing, everything changed. It became chaos like in a one-day race...
The stage in videos
- On-board camera
- Landscape of the day
- Buzz of the day
- The Flamme rouge - The last kilometre
- La minute maillot jaune LCL
- [Official Teaser] Tour de France 2015
- Stage Analysis by Wilko Kelderman...
- La Zélande
- Safety 2015
- The towns 2015 : visit Zélande
- The towns 2015 : visit Zélande
A sporting view
On a sporting aspect, Utrecht is known as the place of birth of Marco van Basten. Another local hero however will eclipse the former Ballon d'Or and AC Milan goal scorer by becoming the mascot of the Grand Départ. Born some sixty years ago thanks to the imagination and pencils of Utrecht artist Dick Bruna, little Miffy, a young rabbit, started pedaling on glazed paper in 1982 and 85 million copies of her adventures in “Miffy's bicycle” were sold. For her 60th anniversary she will witness a new moment of glory on the 2015 Tour.
Capital of Utrecht province
Economy: tertiary services, large companies (including Pro Rail and Rabobank) have their headquarters there
Specialities: domtorentje (chocolate sweets)
Sport: FC Utrecht (football), SV Kampong (multi-sports)
Personalities: Adrian VI (pope), Gerrit Rietveld (architect), Sylvia Kristel (actress), Anton Geesink (judo), Marco van Basten, Wesley Sneijder (football), Dick Bruna (designer), Miffy (rabbit)
Festivals: Jaarbeurs (Utrecht Fair), Vakantiebeurs (Holiday Fair), Boekenfestijn (Book Festival), KreaDoe, 50PlusBeurs, Motorfiets (car show), Trance Energy
The place is essentially visited by kitesurfers or strollers keen to enjoy the wide open spaces. But the route that connects the islands and peninsulas of the Zeeland Delta has quite a few references in terms of cycling. The peloton of the Tour had indeed come for a visit in 2010 after leaving Rotterdam. Since then, the riders have witnessed the unique scenery during the World Ports Classic that goes through the roads of this almost always windy territory.
Dutch province with Middleburg as its capital
Economy: agriculture, fishing, oyster farming, tourism
Specialities: boterbabbelaars (biscuits), bolussen (pastries), oysters, mussels, cockles, Oosterschelde lobster, salt water vegetables, salt meadow lamb
Sport: Zeeland marathon, watersports
Personalities: Michiel de Ruyter (admiral), Jan Peter Balkenende (former prime minister), Theo Middelkamp, Jan Raas, Cees Priem (cycling)
Festivals: Concert at Sea (rock), Zeeland Nazomerfestival (theatre and dance), Film by the Sea, Zeeuwsch Vlaanderen Festival (classical music)
Jersey wearers after the stage 1
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The Jerseys of the Tour
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