TdF 2: Old Dog (and Team Sky Masterpiece)

Embedded image permalinkBittered. Just yesterday. Fabian Cancellara in Yellow today. A splendid achievement crowing a splendid career. André Greipel is the winner but Fabian Cancellara who goes and grabs that jersey is something special. 
And what a day! Wind, rain, crashes and echelons. The dams and the land stolen from the sea. Amazing.
From the gun: Clement, Barta, Fonseca, Quemeneur. Caught at the intermediate sprint of Rotterdam and then... the hell. The peloton split many times but the decisive one was dued to a small crash involving Adam Hansen. Vincenzo Nibali has to stop, the sole Fugslang is with him and he got dropped. In the front group there are Froome, Stannard, Thomas (Sky), Contador, Bennati, Rogers, Sagan (Tinkoff), Van Garderen, Oss, Quinziato, Schär, Van Avermaet, Wyss (BMC), Gallopin, Greipel, Sieberg (Lotto-Soudal), Barguil, Dumoulin (Giant), Kwiatkowski, Cavendish, Martin, Renshaw, Stybar, Uran (Etixx-QS), Cancellara (Trek), Koren (Cannondale). In the second group with Nibali also Quintana and Valverde.
Embedded image permalinkNibali tries to bridge, unsuccessfully. He even punctures and the stage is over. Froome is in front and even gets a gap on Contador! A masterpiece for Team Sky. 
Embedded image permalinkBravo Sagan who also got a flat tyre in the finale but managed to sprint anyway. Tactical mistake by Cavendish instead: he couldn't win and gave up on points. He'll regret probably.

Fabian Cancellara:
“I had cramps at the end, it was so fast and nervous, but finally some luck. I had so much problems out of the corners, out of the roundabouts, the problem was from yesterday, I paid a lot – I mean everyone probably did - from yesterday’s effort.
I am not sure what happened, if it was a crash or just a split because the guys from Lotto-Soudal went full gas.  But we went through this small city and there were a lot of roundabouts and with the rain and wind…it was not easy and I was just there and suddenly the group split up.  I hoped for sure at the end to get something out and now of course with the yellow I am really happy.
I did not have it in my mind to beat anyone, just on the yellow [jersey]. I was just behind Peter [Sagan] and I was waiting and waiting, and then all of a sudden they were going! But it was so long to the finish still!  I just tried to get as close to the front as possible to maybe have a gap with Tony [Martin].
Honestly I was not expecting the yellow today, maybe in the next days, and the big chance on the cobblestone stage. Today, I thought it was more for the sprinters. I was coming to the Tour to win and get the yellow yesterday, and I didn’t win yesterday and not today, but I made a nice sprint at the end and I got third and the yellow and that is really a success. It’s always special.”

André Greipel:
“I’d like to thank their team for their performance today. This was about teamwork. I feel they were superb. I felt strong and I’m just really happy to have won. Today was a tough day out. We followed a different strategy today, riding hard early on to drop some of my sprint rivals. It worked out well. It was really nervous with all the wind and rain. The team managed to keep me up in the front, and it was a key factor. I'm really happy about my teammates and really proud we won the first stage.

Embedded image permalinkChris Froome:
“This a huge advantage for us to be sitting in this position after on flat day out on the road. But this is a three-weeks race and things do change on a daily basis. We're ahead today but who knows what's in store for us for the rest of the week. I'm very thankful to my team-mates for keeping me in front all day and especially when it mattered, when the split took place. Everbody was talking about how Froome was not going to hold off today but it wasn't to be. I'm glad it happened the way it happened and I had all the support from my team-mates when it mattered. Two days gone now and I couldn't really hope for more. It was chaos out there with the storm, the wind and everything. One second, Nibali was next to me and the next I couldn't believe it when I heard he was distanced. It's the nature of racing here in Holland. This is their [Thomas, Stannard's...]playground, this type of classic style stage with crosswinds and rain. They definitely proved their worth today.”
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Tom Dumoulin:
“My day was good but not perfect. We went for the sprint opportunity for John [Degenkolb] today. I don’t know what happened exactly but he was caught up and not in the first group after the split. I only enjoyed the first 20km today, with all the amazing crowds in the Netherlands. After that, the Tour started with all its chaos and stress. I fought for my position all day, which went quite well as the split took place behind me. That was not just luck. I can leave the Netherlands with my head held high, as I performed well yesterday. Now I have the white jersey, which feels good and is nice, definitely more special than just wearing it. I hope I can go for yellow now, I will fight and will do my best.”

Alberto Contador:
"Ciclismo en estado puro por la lluvia y el viento en @letour.Gran trabajo equipo!👍Pure cycling due to rain&wind at @letour.Great job team!👍 "
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Vincenzo Nibali:
"Cycling is also this. You must accept also a day like this." (source RAI)

Geraint Thomas:
“The crash came after the intermediate sprint. Someone fell over my back wheel and that cracked my frame, but I had a quick bike change and got back to the front just fine.
We knew after 108km the crosswinds would come, but the storm meant it was really hard to see where we were going. There were crashes everywhere, but fortunately we were at the front and the three of us were able to make that split. It was great to gain that time on some of Froomey’s rivals.
We were so focused on staying upright, and staying at the front, that we didn’t pay much attention to who was dropped initially – it was only 10km down the road when we heard the news. That was nice, and because there were only three of us from Team Sky, we let Etixx – Quick-Step ride initially and then got BMC Racing to help us, and it all worked out a treat.
I’ve only just learned how big the gap was and that’s perfect for us at this stage in the race.”

Dan Martin:
"Could have been worse though. We're all in 1 piece and ready to fight again tomorrow. Flèche wallone take 2."

Mikael Cherel:
"Déception.Dans la bonne bordure je me retrouve au sol,ne pouvant éviter la chute de N.Bouhanni.Malheureusement Romain,dans ma roue"

Greg Van Avermaet:
"Keeping yellow was not possible, but we kept @tejay_van in good position. Looking forward to the next 1,5 days in Belgium! #TDF"

Alex Dowsett:
"That was hectic, stressful from start to finish, real shock to the system! Not the day we wanted as a team but there's 19stages to go.I described it on TV interviews as a warzone, that wasn't fair, I have no idea what a warzone is like,it was nuts out there is more accurate"

Greg Henderson:
"Chaos.Absolutely everything weather wise thrown at us. But...winner winner.Chicken......nahhh Champagne tonight!!!!  So happy @Lotto_Soudal"

Mark Cavendish:
"Look at this photo. If I could hang on for 3rd, I could hang on for the win... Some imbeciles think cycling is a... "

Embedded image permalinkKoen de Kort:
"Broke my shoe just before the echelons started. Not only did I ride around like a clown with 2 different shoes, the race was also over then"

Adam Hansen:
"Little update: Im alive, Im off 2 the hospital & u cant call @AndreGreipel a Gorilla anymore, I rekon Kermit the Frog"

Nairo Quintana:
"All those crashes under the rain were a bit unlucky for us. We lost a bit of time, but we hope to get it back, day by day. We managed to keep the squad together, also joined our forces with Astana's and kept the gap closer than it could have been." In turn, Valverde recognized it hadn't been "a good day. It was really complicated due to foul weather, stressful. The important thing is that we two didn't crash and everything has just started." The Spaniard explained that “Nairo was at the front with Dowsett, but the group started to split into the crosswinds, it also started to rain, another crash happened, we turned left towards a wind-exposed zone and echelons kept forming and forming until we were all of us trailing behind. From that point on, there was nothing to do but chasing."

Bauke Mollema:
"Yellow! Great to have the yellow jersey in the team Trek Factory Racing! Unfortunately I lost some time but the legs were ok. Paris is still far away!"

Tejay van Garderen:
"Wow! What a day. Feeling for @RohanDennis right now. Huge shout out to my boys in red today. Would be lost without you guys. @BMCProTeam"

Andrew Talansky:
"Wind, rain, crashes, splits...wouldn't be the TdF without it! Onto the next one."

Manuel Quinziato:
"This one was one of those days that if you are watching the race on TV the sofa feels even more comfortable! @letour #Tour2015"

Michał Kwiatkowski:

"Great show but no fireworks on the end. Tomorrow is another day!;) #nevergiveup @letour @Etixx_QuickStep #Kwiato"


1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 3:29:03
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
3 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing
4 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step
5 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
6 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
7 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
8 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
9 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step
10 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
11 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:04
12 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
13 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo
14 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step
15 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
16 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step
17 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal
18 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo
19 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:08
20 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
21 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:11
22 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step
23 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
24 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:15
25 Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:01:28
26 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
27 Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
28 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
29 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida
30 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
31 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida
32 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
33 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr
34 Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka
35 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal
36 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling
37 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr
38 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
39 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
40 Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ.fr
41 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team
42 Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
43 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr
44 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha
45 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
46 Michal Golas (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step
47 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr
48 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
49 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
50 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
51 Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling
52 Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18
53 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
54 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
55 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
56 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
57 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky
58 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
59 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18
60 Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
61 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
62 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
63 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
64 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
65 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
66 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
67 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky
68 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
69 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
70 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
71 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
72 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
73 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
74 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal
75 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida
76 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
77 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
78 Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana Pro Team
79 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
80 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha
81 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team
82 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
83 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
84 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
85 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida
86 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team
87 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
88 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team
89 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 3:44:01
2 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:03
3 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:06
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:33
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:35
6 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:42
7 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step
8 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:44
9 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:48
10 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
11 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:53
12 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:54
13 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:00:59
14 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:00
15 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
16 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:08
17 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:01:12
18 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:01:13
19 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:19
20 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:20
21 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:24
22 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:01:25
23 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:26
24 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:48
25 Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling 0:01:49
26 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team 0:01:55
27 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:01:57
28 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:59
29 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team 0:02:02
30 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 0:02:03
1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin

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