T.d.f Stage 1 Liege - Seraing

02/07/2012   |   Posted by jeremy

T.D.F  Stage 1 :   Liege – Seraing

 Stage one was a fairly expected mix of excitement, crashes and speculation. It left Liege without any drama and all the riders settled down into their practised riding patterns. To be honest it wasn’t the most spectacular of stages, I much prefer it when the peleton hits the big mountain stages in the South, but there were a few moments that were interesting.

 I noticed that Mark Cavendish went for it at the intermediate sprint, which I haven’t often seen before, in fact there was a bit of a scramble, but he was beaten to the line. I watched an interview with Cav earlier in the day and as much as I admire and like the guy, I have to say he always looks like he’s just had a good cry just before coming on camera. He is not the most dynamic of people to interview but you can’t knock his riding ability.

 There is some speculation that since he has lost a few pounds for his Olympic training, he may have lost a bit of power with it. I think he is probably a bit unsettled this year because he really wants to go for gold in the Olympics and he is no longer team leader for Sky, which is now quite rightly being led by Wiggo. He has already hit his goal last year by taking the green jersey.

There were a couple of nasty looking crashes, one of which looked like it was caused by an idiot taking pictures on the wrong side of the crowd control barriers.

6 km from the end the peleton really sped up and I was wondering what an earth they were going so fast for this far from the end. It became obvious with the uphill finish. Fabian Cancellara made a brave move and went off the front taking Peter Sagan & Edvald Boasson Hargen with him. He was looking for help from Sagan but didn’t get it and finally Sagan took the stage win.

 He was the youngest stage winner at 22 years old since Lance Armstrong won a stage win in the 93 Tour. He has also been nicknamed the Cannibal, the same name they gave to the great Eddy Merckx. He may be a very talented young rider but I’m not sure whether he deserves this title, time will tell.

 

Overall Standings

 

Rank

Name

Team

Time

1

Fabian Cancellara

RadioShack-Nissan

5hrs 5mins 32secs

2

Bradley Wiggins

Team Sky

+7secs

3

Sylvain Chavanel

Omega Pharma-Quickstep

+7secs

4

Tejay van Garderen

BMC Racing

+10secs

5

Edvald Boasson Hagen

Team Sky

+11secs

6

Denis Menchov

Katusha

+13secs

7

Philippe Gilbert

BMC Racing

+13secs

8

Cadel Evans

BMC Racing

+17secs

9

Vincenzo Nibali

Liquigas-Cannondale

+18secs

10

Ryder Hesjedal

Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda

+18secs

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