By road: the drama continues at a high level in the Tour de France. Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) went away after 10 km in the saddle on the second stage and then crossed the finish line in lonely Majesty in Spa, Belgium. At the same time, several of the Favorites visit in asphalt because of the slippery ground that prevailed in the rainy weather.
The drama continues at a high level in the Tour de France. Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) went away after 10 km in the saddle on the second stage and then crossed the finish line in lonely Majesty in Spa, Belgium. At the same time, several of the Favorites visit in asphalt because of the slippery ground that prevailed in the rainy weather.
Sylvain Chavanel set off on the stage when he attacked after a mile and initiative from the Frenchman resulted in a breakaway group of eight riders. At first, it looked like the main peloton had full control of them, when the target approached the krymptes distance.
But the quest for tight group was prevented by the slippery road surface performs the Col de Stockeau that caused multiple somersaults. Lance Armstrong (Team Radioshack), Tyler Farrar, Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Transitions), Alberto Contador (Astana), Andy Schleck and Fränk Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) went all in reverse. Because of all the somersaults burst main peloton up and hunt came off with three kilometers left to finish.
In the lead were still Chavanel who previously drove from his breakaway colleagues. He gassed on for all he was worth to the destination where he got to Exult over their great effort. It took nearly four minutes before the main peloton rolled into the goal. The major time gap means that Chavanel is the new overall leader of the Tour de France by a margin of almost three minutes.
“My most amazing day on the bike,” says Sylvain Chavanel.
“Now I want to keep the Jersey to Paris! No, I want to try to keep it as long as possible.It’s something I won’t drop off so easily. I have a ready chance to keep it as far as the Rousses, “he says.
Tour de France-stage 2:
1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 4:40:48
2. Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3:56
3 Fabian Wegmann (Tys) Team Milram
4 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha
5 Christian Knees (Tys) Team Milram
6 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
7, Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
8 Linus Gerdemann (Tys) Team Milram
9. Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux
10 Bernhard Eisel (East) Team HTC-Columbia
40 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team
A total of:
1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 10:01:25
2 Fabian Cancellara (Sch) Team Saxo Bank 2:57
3 Tony Martin (Tys) Team HTC-Columbia, 3:07 pm
4 David Millar (GB) Garmin-Transitions 3:17
5 Lance Armstrong (United States) Team Radioshack 3:19
6 Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky Professional Cycling Team 3:20
7 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana 3:24
8 Levi Leipheimer (United States) Team Radioshack 3:25
9 Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team 3:29
10 Linus Gerdemann (Tys) Team Milram 3:32
29 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team 3:45