TdF stage two review

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Team Sunweb’s Michael Matthews was the best placed Australian for the second day in a row as he led home the Australasian contingent of riders, scoring an impressive 9th place in a star studded final sprint for the line in Liege.

It was the big German, Marcel Kittle (Quick-Step Flooring) who lead home the bunch in an emotional victory just edging out Frenchman Arnaud Demare (FD) and fellow countryman Andre Greiple (Lotto Soudal).

The day was marred by a 30 rider pile up just 30 km’s out from the finish when the wet weather again played havoc causing riders to fall as they approached a roundabout.

The Yellow Jersey holder Geraint Thomas and tour favourite Chris Froome (Team Sky) were both caught up in the carnage but where able to remount and re-join the main peloton unscathed.

West Australian Orica-Scott rider Luke Durbridge was forced to withdraw from the second stage due to an injury he received in a high speed crash the previous day, Durbridge was unable to complete the second stage as the injury was just too sore to continue.

Kiwi Quick – Step Flooring rider, Jack Bauer was instrumental in the win for Kittle has he drove the peloton in the final km’s to bring back the two-leading break-away riders and set up Kittle for the final run home.

Another Kiwi Tour debutant, Dion Smith (Wanty – GroupeGobert) was the next Australasian rider to finish, were he placed 17th with Aussie Jay McCarthy (Bora Hansgrohe) back in 26th.

Other stage places –

  1. Mathew Hayman – Orica – Scott
  2. Richie Porte – Team BMC
  3. George Bennett – LottoNI- Jumbo
  4. Jack Bauer – Quick-Step Flooring
  5. Simon Clarke – Cannondale Drapac
  6. Mark Renshaw – Dimensionn Data
  7. Damien Howson – Orica-Scott
  8. Patrick Bevin – Cannomdale Drapac
  9. Adam Hansen @ 1.00 – Lotto Soudal
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