[VIDEO] 2015 Tour de France highlights: Stage 2 blog, results

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    Stage Result:

    Inclement weather shook the 2015 Tour de France to its core as pre-race favourites Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana lost over a minute to rivals Alberto Contador and Chris Froome.

    Beginning in the Dutch city of Utrecht, the scene of Rohan Dennis’ monumental opening day victory, stage two would take the peloton through the city of Rotterdam and out to Zélande. While the 166 kilometre-long stage was predicted to be affected by crosswinds and potential rain no one could have quite predicted the carnage that would follow.

    The breakaway of the day would be established by Perrig Quémeneur (Europcar), Jan Barta (Bora – Argon 18), Stef Clement (IAM Cycling) and Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne-Séché Environnement). Allowed a maximum time advantage of just two minutes and 45 seconds, all of the quartet would eventually be caught by the peloton shortly after the single intermediate sprint point in Rotterdam.

    With approximately 50 kilometres of the stage remaining the race was blown wide open in the crosswinds and wet weather by Etixx – Quick-Step, Lotto Soudal and Tinkoff – Saxo. Initially distancing Team Movistar’s Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde by roughly a minute, the chase group would later swell to include defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and numerous other general classification rider.

    Unfortunately Rohan Dennis’ stint in the illustrious Maillot Jaune would be cut short after he too found himself distanced and unable to return to the front group. With the BMC Racing Team focused on protecting the interests of team leader Tejay Van Garderen the young Maillot Jaune was left to fend for himself.

    Despite the combined forces of the Movistar, Astana and LottoNL – Jumbo teams the chase group were unable to make significant headway in to the advantage of the lead group containing Tejay Van Garderen, Alberto Contador and Chris Froome. By the time the chase group containing Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana crossed the finishing line in Zélande they had ceded one minute and twenty-eight seconds to the lead group, a significant gap just two days in to the race.

    Proving to the be the strongest sprinter on the day, Andre Greipel outsprinted Peter Sagan to the line in a tightly contested finish. Fading fast in the sprint Mark Cavendish would eventually finish the stage in fourth after opening up the afterburners with roughly 300 metres remaining.

    With time bonifications of ten, six and four seconds rewards to the first three riders across the line the Maillot Jaune was Fabian Cancellara’s for the taking if he could finish third. Just pipping the ‘Manx Missile’ to the line for third and the four bonus seconds, the wily Cancellara leap frogged up the general classification standings to dramatically snatch the Maillot Jaune from Tony Martin and leave Etixx – Quick-Step empty handed.

    2015 Tour de France – Stage 2 Results:
    01. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
    02. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff – Saxo)
    03. Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)
    04. Mark Cavendish (Etixx – Quick-Step)
    05. Daniel Oss (BMC Racing Team)
    06. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team)
    07. Christopher Froome (Sky Pro Cycling)
    08. Tom Dumoulin (Giant – Alpecin)
    09. Tony Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)
    10. Warren Barguil (Giant – Alpecin)

    2015 Tour de France – General Classification after Stage 2:
    01. Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)… 03:44:01
    02. Tony Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)… +0:03″
    03. Tom Dumoulin (Giant – Alpecin)… +0:06″
    04. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff – Saxo)… +0:33″
    05. Geraint Thomas (Sky Pro Cycling)… +0:35″
    06. Daniel Oss (BMC Racing Team)… +0:42″
    07. Rigoberto Uran (Etixx – Quick-Step)… +0:42″
    08. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team)… +0:44″
    09. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team)… +0:48″
    10. Christopher Froome (Sky Pro Cycling)… +0:48″

    Stage Preview:

    The 2015 Tour de France continues, with Stage 2 being a pancake flat 166 kilometres from Utrecht to Zélande. Join The Roar for live coverage from 8:30pm (AEST).

    While the stage profile barely rises six metres above sea level, it could see the peloton torn to shreds by wet and windy weather.

    The route brings the riders even closer to the coastline, and often there is very little protection from the elements up on the raised embankments of the Dutch polders.

    The general classification contenders will be on red alert due to the high probability of crosswinds, and despite it being just the second stage the pre-race favourites will be looking to exploit any opportunities.

    After using the crosswinds to his leader’s advantage in 2013, Tinkoff–Saxo’s venerable road captain Michael Rogers could again play a decisive role.

    On paper it should be a day for the sprinters, even if inclement weather does affect the stage. The Dutch and Belgian teams, such as Etixx-Quick Step and Lotto-Soudal, have years of experience competing in races blown apart by crosswinds, so Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel should be in contention.

    In form and with a strong team, experienced at splitting races during fierce crosswinds, the favourite must be the ‘Manx Missile’, Cavendish. However, the Isle of Man sprinter will face tough competition from the likes of Greipel, Alexander Kristoff, John Degenkolb and any number of plucky strongmen, such as Fabian Cancellara, who might decide to try their luck within the final few kilometres.

    If the conditions make it a stage for rouleurs of the flatlands, then Kristoff could very well be celebrating his 28th birthday today with an illustrious Tour de France stage victory.

    Join The Roar from 8:30pm (AEST) for live coverage of what could prove to be a crucial stage in the 2015 Tour de France.

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    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:57am | ! Report

      If you missed tonight’s action then stay tuned for our post-stage report of the stage and the inevitable highlights video.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:54am | ! Report

      That concludes The Roar’s live coverage of a thrilling Stage 2 of the 2015 Tour de France, won by Lotto Soudal’s Andre Greipel. Tomorrow you will be joined by Scott Pryde for The Roar’s live coverage of the race’s third stage, which finishes upon the infamous slopes of the Mur de Huy.

      I hope you enjoyed tonight’s second stage as much as I did, despite Rohan Dennis unfortunately losing the Maillot Jaune, and where ever you are I wish you a good day, afternoon or night.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:45am | ! Report

      Dutchman Tom Dumoulin of Giant – Alpecin moves in the White Jersey as the new Best Young Rider in the Youth Classification, he leads Peter Sagan by +0:27″.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:41am | ! Report

      Lotto Soudal’s Andre Greipel, today’s stage winner, moves in to the lead in the Points Classification and moves in to the Maillot Vert (Green Jersey).

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      Matthew Boulden said | 1:40am | ! Report

      2015 Tour de France – General Classification after Stage 2: (Top 10)

      01. Fabian Cancellara (Trek)… 03:44:01
      02. Tony Martin (Etixx)… +0:03″
      03. Tom Dumoulin (Giant)… +0:06″
      04. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)… +0:33″
      05. Geraint Thomas (Sky)… +0:35″
      06. Daniel Oss (BMC)… +0:42″
      07. Rigoberto Uran (Etixx)… +0:42″
      08. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)… +0:44″
      09. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)… +0:48″
      10. Christopher Froome (Sky)… +0:48″

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:33am | ! Report

      Excuse me for a minute while I write up the provisional top 10 in the general classification, now led by Fabian Cancellara!

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:31am | ! Report

      Just checking over the provisional results and it looks like a gap appeared in the lead group that saw BMC Racing’s Tejay Van Garderen lose the wheel in front of him and cost himself and others four seconds.

      So Christopher Froome looks to have gained four seconds on Alberto Contador at the finish line if the provisional results stand.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:29am | ! Report

      2015 Tour de France – Stage 2 Results: (Top 10)

      01. Andre Greipel of Lotto Soudal
      02. Peter Sagan of Tinkoff – Saxo
      03. Fabian Cancellara of Trek Factory Racing
      04. Mark Cavendish of Etixx – Quick-Step
      05. Daniel Oss of BMC Racing Team
      06. Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing Team
      07. Christopher Froome of Sky Pro Cycling
      08. Tom Dumoulin of Giant – Alpecin
      09. Tony Martin of Etixx – Quick-Step
      10. Warren Barguil of Giant – Alpecin

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:26am | ! Report

      Give me a moment while I write up the results for the stage and the top 10 finishers.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:25am | ! Report

      LottoNL – Jumbo’s young general classification hopeful, and Dutch rider, Wilco Kelderman part of the group which came in over five minutes down on the lead group containing stage winner Andre Greipel. That relegates Kelderman to stage hunting and hoping to somehow gain back massive time via a break.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:22am | ! Report

      Another group now crosses the finishing line over five minutes behind stage winner Andre Greipel of Lotto Soudal.

    • Roar Guru

      Matthew Boulden said | 1:20am | ! Report

      Correction: Fabian Cancellara has beaten Mark Cavendish to third spot and the four bonus seconds. The Swiss rider should move in to the Maillot Jaune now after that result!