Tour de France 2019: Stage 2 – Jumbo-Visma storm the TTT to keep yellow

Stage 2 of the 2019 Tour de France and it was a 27.6km team time trial from the Brussels Royal Palace to the Atomium. And TTT stages are not as predictable as one might think. Sure, you have the powerhouses of QuickStep, Ineos, CCC, a case to be made for Sunweb (especially if Tom Dumoulin were there) and EF and the teams who, dear God, just want to get through it with their dignity. I think we know who those are … And with Ineos in the hot seat all day (they were first off the ramp), it started to look like the script would be played out as expected, the only question mark was who on the team would wear yellow. But that was before the last team rode down the ramp and went hell for leather from the start to the finish. Continue reading

Tour de France 2019: Stage 1 – Teunissen Stings the Sprinters

It’s not every year that the Tour de France begins with a sprint stage and a chance for the fast men to claim the yellow jersey — though it does seem to be a frequent occurrence in recent editions. The 106th edition of the World’s Greatest Bike Race™  brought that chance, however, as the 176-man peloton wove their way through the streets of Brussels. Continue reading