Stage 2 | Saint-Lô – Cherbourg-en-Cotentin | Tour de France 2016
On Saturday, Mark Cavendish took the first Tour de France yellow jersey of his career. On Sunday in Cherbourg, it Peter Sagan swapped his world champion’s rainbow jersey for the maillot jaune.
The second stage of the 2016 Tour from Saint-Lô to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin featured a thrilling finale and dented the overall hopes of at least two of the riders hoping to challenge for the podium in Paris.
Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by French journalist François Thomazeau of Le Figaro to digest the day’s events – even though François also had the evening’s Euro 2016 match between France and Iceland on his mind.
In a packed episode, we hear from two riders who figured strongly in the closing stages of the race – Ireland’s Dan Martin, who was fourth, and Dutchman Tom Jelte Slagter, who almost pulled off a late move after Belgian Jasper Stuyven was caught on the final climb.
We put Peter Sagan’s claim that he thought he was racing for third place rather than the stage win to the test – and François is extremely dubious.
We also discuss the time lost by Alberto Contador – who crashed for a second consecutive day – and Australia’s Richie Porte, who suffered a puncture at the worst possible moment as the race was heating up in the final five kilometres.
There’s the daily awarding of the Pédaleur de Charme prize and the latest installment of The Friebos File.
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