Stage 3 of the 2020 Tour de France was a quiet day for the peloton after a weekend of ups and downs. And no team had quite the downs as Lotto Soudal, who lost both Philippe Gilbert and John Degenkolb to injury on the first stage. But a thinned-out team wasn’t going to stop Caleb Ewan from snagging his fourth career Tour stage win today in a hotly contested bunch sprint. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quickstep) hung on for second and the European champion, NTT’s Giacomo Nizzolo, crossed the line third. No change in the GC so Julian Alaphilippe spends another day in yellow.
The 2020 Tour de France is on and cycling is going at hyper-speed through the season. Kathi, Midge, Luke and Euan make sense (!) of all the goings-on and run their eyes over the first couple of Tour stages. Subjects for discussion:
- The August transfers that have caught our eyes
- All the National Championship winners you can shake a stick at
- Who’s not at the Tour
- What happened at the Tour in Stages 1 and 2
- The Tour stages that are coming up
Plus which ex-rider now looks like a trucker, which rider’s shorts showed more than is modest and how many stages of the Tour need to happen before we have a real winner?
One of the hands-down favourites for the stage and the next maillot jaune in Stage 2 of the 2020 Tour de France was Julian Alaphilippe. The finish suited him, the yellow jersey was on the shoulders of a sprinter so it was up for grabs, who could bet against him? But being the favourite means being watched and being watched means you have to pick your moment to pounce and hope you catch people by surprise. Because being the favourite to win in no way guarantees that you will win …