It was rain-soaked stage 2 for Tour De France 2015, with some winners gaining valuable time and famed cyclists trailing the pack. What will stage 3 offer?
Germany’s Andre Greipel finished first in the second stage of the 166 km route that started in Utrecht and finished at Zélande. Peter Sagan of Slovakia finished second, while Swiss Fabian Cancellara finished third, notes Bleacher Report.
The wet and windy conditions affected the race, pushing racers towards the brink with crashes and bumps.
“Sunday’s stage was supposed to be an easy, quick hop ending in a bunch sprint, but dreadful weather and tons of crashes turned the first open-road stage of the Tour into a chaotic mess,” described Bleacher Report.
Cancellara, who now has the Yellow Jersey after the second stage, said stage 1 took a toll on his body which made the next level harder.
“I had to find the energy to do the sprint. I had no energy left from yesterday,” the cyclist explained, quotes The Globe and Mail.
As for Cavendish, the early sprint by the Etixx-Quick Step’s lead-out man Mark Renshaw cost them the stage win.
“I think Mark went too early and kind of left me hanging. We died…The day Cancellara beats me in a sprint I’ve gone too long. I’ve gassed it. It’s disappointing,” the cyclist shared, notes US News.
The race, however, is still in its early stages with 19 more stages to ride.
Tour De France 2015 stage 3 will be held on Monday, July 6. The 159.5 km route will start at Anvers (Antwerp Harbour) and end in a 1.3 km climb to Mur de Huy in Netherlands.