Mitchelton-SCOTT avoid more time loss despite another crash-marred stage at Tour de FranceSun 8 Jul 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT riders, including leader Adam Yates, were involved in three separate crashes in the final 30km of another hectic finish to stage two of the Tour de France.
Yates was paced safely back into the bunch before further crashes also saw Australian Luke Durbridge and South African champion Daryl Impey also hit the deck.
World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was one of few to avoid the carnage and won the stage from a small group of remaining riders, whilst Yates was given bunch time courtesy of the three-kilometre rule.
From three down to one out in front:
In a repeat of yesterday, three riders formed the day’s breakaway with little protest from the peloton but two dropped back after the only classified climb of the stage leaving Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) alone in front.
Chavanel sat between three and four minutes ahead as Quickstep led the peloton with the yellow jersey of Fernando Gaviria in tow.
Two touchdowns in two days for Yates:
After a crash saw him lose time yesterday, Yates again found himself on the ground briefly with 31km to go on stage two.
The 25-year-old was back on his way with a new SCOTT bike and the support of a number of teammates including Jack Bauer who was the first on the scene to assist his leader.
Their efforts returned Yates to the back of the bunch with 27.5km remaining and plenty of tension still to come.
Chavanel was caught with 13.5km remaining as GC teams and sprint teams fought for position to in attempt to avoid the same carnage of yesterday’s stage.
It wasn’t successful for most, with Durbridge having his front wheel taken out with five kilometres remaining before a bigger crash took out Impey and most of the sprint contenders, including the yellow jersey, in the final two kilometres.
“Those finishes are really sketchy and you’re just trying to do your job. Someone decided to go left and that was my front wheel. I know what it’s like to break a bone, this is just skin, I’m OK and just lucky the whole peloton didn’t run me over.
“It’s still early days. At the moment we have to go day-by-day and tomorrow is a really good day for us. We are all here, we are all healthy, we are going to rip it up and hopefully it’s one of the highs of the Tour.”
"He's (Adam is) good. He's a GC rider. These fellas are hard, they're used to knocks and tumbles and keeping on going and not letting it get them down. That's what makes a real champ in a bike race you know? You can't expect to have three weeks of plain sailing. It does happen but it's very, very rare.
“It hasn’t been the smoothest of runs today but they are all ok. It’s the first nine stages of the Tour de France, you win some and you lose some. It could certainly be a lot worse and we have been in that situation before only a couple of years ago.
“We just need to keep following our processes. Tomorrow is a big day for us and we need to make up some time.”
Tour de France - Stage 2 Results:
1. Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) 4:06:37
2. Sonny Cabrelli (Bahrain-Merida) ST
3. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) ST
22. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
Tour de France - General Classification after Stage 2:
1. Peter Ssgan (Bora Hansgrohe) 8:29:53
2. Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep Floors) +0:06
3. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) +0:10
81. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:07
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