Tinkoff-Saxo and team captain Alberto Contador took 1’24” on many GC rivals, as stage 2 turned into a proper chase after several splits in the peloton had caught many favorites behind. After having pulled the front group in support of Contador, Peter Sagan sprinted to 2nd place, one inch off stage winner André Greipel.
Le Tour de France maintained its tempo after yesterday’s Grand Depart, as things heated up in the treacherous conditions near the Dutch coastline. Team leader Contador gained 1’24” on several competitors including Quintana and last year’s winner Nibali. Following the stage, Contador notes that he is satisfied with the outcome.
“I’m happy with the way we raced today. It was a day where one could build time advantages. It’s a pity there was number of teams such as BMC or Sky that didn’t start working until late in the stage. However, at the end they gave us a hand and I’m satisfied with the result. In what regards myself, it wasn’t very tiring and in addition we avoided having any crashes”, says Alberto Contador, who had Sagan, Bennati, Rogers and Kreuziger alongside him in the diminished front group:
“I would like to thank my teammates for their work and the focus is now on recovering tonight as we have another difficult stage ahead of us tomorrow. It’s always good to have a few of the main rivals behind me in the GC than at the front but we still have a long way ahead of us and I think the advantage I have today will mean nothing by the end of the Tour”, adds Alberto Contador.