Monday, July 03, 2006
STAGE 2: McEWEN AT THE LINE
A few notes:
- Thor Hushovd will wear the Yellow Jersey again, having gained points in an intermediate sprint and at the finish line. He's up a few seconds on George Hincapie.
- Expect the Yellow Jersey to shift from one leader to another quite a few times during this Tour. There are no dominant riders. That's not to say the riders are not great, it's just that the greatness is well spread. This should make for a gut-wrenching ordeal all the way to Paris.
- Stage 2 was the second longest stage of this year's classic. Imagine riding 142 miles at high speed in searing heat and still having enough energy at the end to muster a competitive sprint to the line.
- Robbie has previously won Tour de France stages in vicious sprints at the line and had the win disqualified because of his over-aggressive pushes, nudges, leans, elbows, etc. No one epitomizes combatitivity in a bunch sprint like this foul-mouthed Aussie.
- Check out great photos of this bunch sprint finish at Yahoo and Cyclingnews. Photo credit: Sebastien Berda/AFP/Getty Photos @ Yahoo.