Chavanel Escapes to Stage 2 Win in 2010 Tour de France and Takes Overall Tour Lead
Armstrong crashes but is fifth in race standings. Schleck brothers crash too. Tour de France peloton shows wussbag reaction.
has suffered a lack of cannibals who dare to make the race interesting to watch. With today's development we expect the 2010 Tour to develop like the tours of recent years where no favorites dare to attack for real before the final climb of the Tour. Where are the real men and why have the young generations changed? Discuss this in our Tour de France discussion forums at http://forums.roadcycling.com now! The 2010 Tour de France should be a pro bike race, not a kindergarten excursion. What we witnessed today was disrespectful to the world's greatest race.
Chavanel collected his second career Tour stage victory after joining a small early breakaway group and then gradually distancing them. The 31-year-old Quick Step rider clocked 4 hours, 40 minutes, 48 seconds on the stage.
Chavanel took the race leader's yellow jersey off Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara who, like Armstrong and Contador, trailed 3:56 in the main pack. Armstrong placed 54th and Contador was 81st.
The French leader had started the stage in 87th place overall, 59 seconds behind Cancellara.
"Pure happiness," said Chavanel, choking up with emotion.
Aside from Chavanel's vault to first place, the top standings didn't change. Cancellara now trails the Frenchman by 2 minutes, 57 seconds, with Germany's Tony Martin in third place, 3:07 back.
Britain's David Millar is fourth, 3:17 back, and Armstrong dropped a notch to fifth and is 3:19 back. Contador is seventh 3:24 behind.
After two straight stages with multiple crashes, the stage Tuesday takes riders on what had already been billed as the most treacherous in week one - a 213-kilometer ride from Wanze Arenberg to Porte du Hainaut, featuring seven bumpy and dangerous cobblestone pavé patches.
"The stage tomorrow will be very difficult. I have the confidence knowing that I can handle the cobblestones. I want to win the stage," Hushovd commented.
Hushovd's teammate German Andreas Klier said "I think tomorrow will be a big spectacle. The cobblestones themselves will not be so hard. Positioning at the arrival to the cobbles is the key factor. Everyone will want to be at the front, but the road is only 6 to 8 meters wide. That's the problem. This will create chaos. Everyone will be very nervous because they will be afraid of falling. If one of the big favorites crashes, or they are caught behind a crash, they can lose lots of time and their Tour is over. We'd like to win the stage with Thor and keep Carlos out of harm's way. We have a very strong team for these cobblestones. I did not race Paris-Roubaix this year, so this will be my Paris-Roubaix."
The whole team here at Roadcycling.com are looking forward to seeing the real men unfold their potential in tomorrow's stage 3 of the 2010 Tour de France. Who will be men and who will be mice? Stay tuned to Roadcycling.com to find out!
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