Tour de France 2018: stage two – live!

08 July 2018 10:52
Live updates from the 182.5km stage to La Roche-sur-YonTour de France diary: night boats and Froome’s gloom Email James with your thoughts or on Twitter @piercy360 11.52am BST And here’s William Fotheringham on Chris Froome’s painful start and while he and Team Sky will have to contend with more than just crashes this year. Related: Chris Froome given little sympathy as Team Sky get a sense of deja vu 11.50am BST Jeremy Whittle is our man on the ground and you can read his despatch from yesterday’s chaos here. Related: Chris Froome crashes as Fernando Gaviria wins Tour de France stage one 11.47am BST Extra props to Lawson Craddock who suffered a particularly nasty crash halfway through yesterday’s stage and raced 60 miles with a broken scapula (in the shoulder blade) and a nasty cut above his right eye.The EF Education First-Drapac rider (wearing No13), however, has been stitched and strapped up and will be on the start line today. 11.37am BST And if you haven’t caught them already, here are the highlights from yesterday featuring a very happy Fernando Gaviria and slightly peeved Nairo Quintana. 11.33am BST In case you didn’t see Chris Froome’s crash from yesterday, here is it from the view of the peloton. Some takeaways: 11.29am BST It’s also coming home to La Roche-sur-Yon as the Tour finishes in the town for the first time since 1938. Belgium’s Eloi Meulenberg claimed the fifth of his seven stage wins there and it gives us an excuse to post this lovely footage. 11.26am BST Here’s a nice graphic detailing the loop through the Vendée countryside. 11.20am BST PreambleBonjour. After yesterday’s quite bonkers Grand Départ, which did its level best to take focus away from events in Russia, the peloton will perhaps be hoping for a more sedate cycle through the Vendée countryside on the relatively flat 113 mile route from Mouilleron-Saint-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon. Certainly Chris Froome will be hoping for a more reserved ride after his crash 2.5 miles from the finish which saw him lose 61 seconds to leader Fernando Gaviria and 51sec to many of his GC rivals. It was far from ideal given the controversial buildup leading into the race but as luck would have it, Nairo Quintana and Richie Porte also endured opening day stinkers. The Colombian, in particular, is a full 1:15 back following his mechanical issues. Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian