The second stage in the Tour de France to Neeltje Jans will be one to remember. Etixx-Quick Step promised an aggressive race and made it come true. But unfortunately Styby’s team just missed the stage win and the yellow jersey.
“We did what we had to do and so it is a pity that it did not work”, said Styby, who made an attack with the team at more than 60 kilometers from the end. They caused a break in the peloton and only a group of 25 riders was left.
Mark Cavendish had to finish it off in a sprint for Etixx-Quick Step. However, the Briton was in front a bit too early and finished fourth. André Greipel won ahead of Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara. The last one is also the new leader.
Rohan Dennis, yesterday’s winner, wasn’t in the front group and so it was Tony Martin, also a teammate of Styby, who was in pole position to take over the yellow jersey. But by the third place of Cancellara and the related bonus seconds the jersey went to Switzerland.
“Regardless of the missed opportunity on the stage win and the jersey, today was a day we will remember for a long time. So many people along the side! Completely crazy! There was even no place to stop for a ‘toilet.’”
“It was at times dangerous. People who want to take a picture and standing on the roads, or parents with buggy’s… I don’t understand that. We pass them with 60 kilometers per hour! If we smash the buggy with kids inside, it will be a tragedy. So people: be carefully and think twice!”
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By on 05/07/2015