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.read more
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...read more
Our group never slowed down but we saved a bit of energy. With 2km to go, I told Tony [Gallopin] and Marcel Sieberg to wait as long as possible because I felt the head wind. Sieberg always knows which one is the right wheel to follow. He's not just a good rider, he's my best friend. I know him since I started cycling. He's a really smart rider. It means a lot to have him in a team. I've seen a high number of Quick Step riders in our group but Mark Renshaw opened the sprint too early. He...read more
Today I've kept pushing to make a big gap. As a team we're really strong. Of course we knew Mark Cavendish could win such a stage. We all went for him. It looks like he paid the price for having spent too much energy and they [the sprinters] possibly went too early. We don't have the yellow jersey and we don't have the stage win today but I'm still happy with the team's effort.
I was more than a little bit disappointed yesterday and I was definitely on the hunt for the yellow jersey today but I have to look for it again tomorrow. The big thing is to manage to make the front group. It's going to be as stressful as today. It won't be decided only by the legs on the Mur de Huy but mostly by positioning before. Maybe I'm a better climber than Martin and Cancellara but I have to be up there to take the yellow jersey.
Along with Chris Froome, Alberto Contador was the other leading favourite taking advantage of the day's echelon which left all their rivals 1:28 adrift and he paid homage to his team-mates and especially Australia's Michael Rogers.
“I just must thank my team-mates. Here's your man!” he told journalists in English as the Australian was riding past.
“We knew that with eight or nine guys up there, we could make a difference. We used our assets well. It was a good day, we'll...read more
Seen as the best-placed of the Tour favourites after Saturday's time trial in Utrecht, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) was among the leaders trapped at the back after a split created by Mark Cavendish's Etixx Quick Step, Chris Froome's Team Sky and Alberto Contador's Tinkoff-Saxo.read more
Chris Froome, the 2013 Tour de France winner, was delighted at the end of a second stage which saw him and Alberto Contador take advantage of an echelon to leave the other pre-race favourites trail by 1:28.read more
With six of them in the top 16 of the inaugural time trial, Dutch riders have started the Tour de France on the right foot. They are numerous (20) but they're obviously in a good form too. It would be a surprise if a breakaway would take shape without any of them. After 48 kilometres of racing, the race will visit Gouda. The town has given its name to a famous cheese. It's also the birth place of Giant-Alpecin rider Koen de Kort who might have another priority than escaping the peloton to...read more
Jersey wearers after the stage 1
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