July 9, 2018
Tour de France 2018: Stage 2
Mouilleron-St-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon, 182.5km
The Sagan Show gets rolling with stage win and Maillot Jaune
Peter Sagan (BORA - hansgrohe) put his 2017 disqualification well and truly behind him with a stage win in La Roche-sur-Yon, outspringting Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team) Arnaud Démare (Groupama - FDJ). The UCI World Champion also gave his team their first yellow jersey thanks to time bonuses and the absence from the sprint of overnight leader Fernando Gavira (Quickstep) following a crash.
Chavenel wins his tenth combativity award
While start and finish were only 50km apart as the crow flies the stage was effectivley a 182.5km tour of the Vendee region. The otherwise flat stage was punctuated by a fourth cat climb at 30km. the day suited a breakaway but it was just three men, Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Michael Gogl (Trek-Segafredo) and Sylvain Chavanelwho chanced it. Smith and Gogl had laready given up the fight by km 35 so Chavanel had a further 135km of crwod-pleasing slol riding to contemplatee his eventual fate.The Direct Energie rider was eventaully hauled in after 170km of racing, having enjoyed a maximum lead of three minutes.
While it was altogether with 13km to go a series of unfortuante incidents took out a few of the main contenders for the sprint. Marcel Kittel (Katusha) had a puncture with 8km to go while Gaviria came down with 1.8km left. The race had already seen two abandonments, Tsgabu Grmay (Trek-Segafredo) calling in the feed zone at km 86 because of abdominal pains, Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) crashing hard on a central reservation with 40km to go.
Of the main GC riders, Sky's Geraint Thomas has best position on GC, sitting in sixth spot at 15 seconds ahead of the stage three team tiem trial in Cholet. Next best placed is arguably Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) in 19th spot at 16".
Stage 2 Results
July 7, stage one: Noirmoutier-en-l'Île to Fontenay-le-Comte, 201km
July 8, stage two: Mouilleron-St-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon, 182.5km
July 9, stage three: Cholet, team time trial, 35.5km
July 10, stage four: La Baule to Sarzeau, 195km
July 11, stage five: Lorient to Quimper, 204.5km
July 12, stage six: Brest to Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan, 181km
July 13, stage seven: Fougères to Chartres, 231km
July 14, stage eight: Dreux to Amiens Métropole, 181km
July 15, stage nine: Arras to Roubaix, 156.5km
July 16: Rest day (Annecy).
July 17, stage 10: Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand, 158.5km
July 18, stage 11: Albertville to La Rosière Espace San Bernardo, 108.5km
July 19, stage 12: Bourg-St-Maurice Les Arcs to Alpe d’Huez, 175.5km
July 20, stage 13: Bourg d’Oisans to Valence, 169.5km
July 21, stage 14: St-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Mende, 188km
July 22, stage 15: Millau to Carcassonne, 181.5km
July 23: Rest day (Carcassonne/Bagnères-de-Luchon)
July 24, stage 16: Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon, 218km
July 25, stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan, 65km
July 26, stage 18: Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau, 171km
July 27, stage 19: Lourdes to Laruns, 200.5km
July 28, stage 20: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette; individual time trial, 31km
July 29, stage 21: Houilles to Paris Champs-Élysées, 116km