Tour de France #2: Crash marred sprint at La Roche-sur-Yon

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Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the 2nd stage of the Tour de France, and in doing so pulled on the overall race leaders yellow jersey too. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) finished in 2nd place and Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) was 3rd.

It was another sprinters day at the Tour de France as the peloton took on the 182km stage to La Roche-sur-Yon. Initially 3 riders formed the break of the day, but after the single King of the Mountains point was taken, only Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) carried on up the road alone.

The peloton gave the Frenchman a lead of just over 4-minutes, with Quickstep-Floors controlling proceedings. It was a rather calm stage up until the intermediate sprint which came with 50km to go. From thereon, it was a nervy bunch that approached the inevitable sprint finale.

Our African Team put Jay Thomson forward to ensure Chavanel was caught with 20km to go and then it was up to the rest of our team to position Mark Cavendish through the technical run-in to the line. Team Sky took command of the final 5km, keeping their GC riders safe before Bora-Hansgrohe and Quickstep-Floors took over for the sprint leadout.

Our African Team battled to get our sprint train going at full tilt, resulting in Cavendish being too far back when the race reached a critical right-hand corner with 2km to go. It was in that corner where a crash in the first 20 places put an end to most riders stage hopes, including yesterday’s victor, Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors) as well as Cavendish.

None of our riders went down in the crash but unfortunately it was a missed chance at today’s stage of the Tour de France for our African Team.

Edvald Boasson Hagen – Rider

It was pretty hectic again today, but that’s the Tour for you.  The only good thing today was that we all stayed on our bikes and we are able to fight again another day. Tomorrow we will have the team time trial but hopefully we can do better with our next sprint opportunity.