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TdF #2: It’s a wonderful day

July 1, 2013

It’s a wonderful day for Bakelants. By far the biggest win of his career and by winning by a clear single second, he will wear the yellow jersey tomorrow. He took the opportunity of confusion to escape from his fellow break companions. The small break had formed on the descent of the last climb less than 10km from the finish but with strong riders like Chavanel, it always had a chance of winning. Cannondale was chasing hard to give Sagan a go for a bunch sprint, so it was an exciting final few minutes. Very nervous times for Bakelants, who kept looking back, and with tiring legs only just held out.   

The stage was interesting enough, without really catching fire. Voeckler then Rolland attacked on the biggest climb (the latter picking up the mountains jersey) but were easily pulled back by the peleton. Sagan kept up with the stronger climbers but most of the other sprinters were dropped. He must have thought the stage was his at the top of the last climb. Froome sprinted off the front but I think that was just to have a clear road to start the descent. It would have been a good feeling to show he can put a decent gap into his competition though.

Everyone finished again but some were sore after crashing yesterday. Sky might be worried about Thomas and Stannard; Saxo even more worried about Contador. All my picks for the top ten finished in the leading group.

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