Andre Greipel opened his green jersey super savers account for the Tour de France 2015. He denied Cavendish a much needed win. When you look at the data (this is going to be a running theme) it turns out Cav went too early at 300 metres out. Reality of the situation looked different though and it’s great to be able to combine these two things and get a bigger picture. I think we can certainly expect everyone else is too. Greipel held his cool just that bit longer and watch him, Sagan and Cavendish sprint for the line was awesome, probably more awesome was the setting, a bridge! A rocket ship path, just one perfect line to the finish in Zélande, a first time stage town. The bridge was on a causeway in the North Sea. Windy.
What I found surprising was the top speed of the day (stage 2 – Utrecht > Zélande). That went to Fabian Cancellara who clocked a max speed of 69.16 km/h Vs. 67.03 km/h as Greipel crossed the line! His time also put him in Yellow. Taking it off the back of Dennis Rohan, who really didn’t get long to enjoy it but, better than never. Cancellara has found himself in this position before and he knows it’s not possible to hang on to the maillot jaune forever. The fun will be seeing how long he can keep hold of it and I like to think he will fight tooth and nail to do so (a good swan song?). Looking at the classifications it’s certainly possible he could. Stuff like this keeps the race interesting in the earlier stages, as it can be a bit like F1 in reverse – where pole position is all – and most the action is at the finish line. Anything to spice it up, I’m getting old and really don’t like to see the riders crash though and these early stages are often fraught with this. Be prepared for the battle scars because it will happen. Spartacus knows, time for war.