When Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) jumped with his attack from the back, none of the other GC contenders followed. Possibly because they didn’t want to haul Sagan to the finish only to have him out-sprint them for the win and possibly because it is only Stage 2 and way too early to burn many matches.
Besides when it was all said and done Nibali’s lead is a mere two seconds on his GC rivals, still it was a great bit of racing by Nibali who has had a disappointing spring. Today’s stage win, his first, will be a confidence booster.
I continue to be amazed by the huge throngs of people lining the course during these first two stages. Reportedly England is putting up the largest number of fans to ever watch the Tour and thus most likely any bike race. Huge crowds everywhere and narrow roads make for a jittery peloton, but beautiful scenes. Stage 3 is the last stage in England, starting in Cambridge and finishing in London.
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