zondag 8 juli 2007

Tdf Stage 2 : London - Canterbury

Not only the prologue but also the first stage started in London and the first 30km would become a publicity ride for the big city and then ending in a sprint in Canterbury. After the real start outside London, Romain Feillu would become the first attacker of the Tour de France 2007. After a few other attacks the real escape of the day was made with David Millar, Augé, Grivko, Bichot and Kushynski. But of course they didn't have a chance against the big peloton and the escape was stopped 20km before the finish.

About 20km ago, a crash was reported with Robbie McEwen as one of the victims. He and his teammates started a come-back and at 5km before the finish the Australian came back in the peloton. No one expected Robbie to compete in the sprint but with a great end shot he overclassed al the other sprinters and achieved his 12th victory in the Tour de France.

For Euskaltel there was nothing big to mention, only a disappointing 23th place for Ruben Perez in the sprint.

Stage Rank
1 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Predictor-Lotto 04:39:01
2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole ST
3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic ST
23. Ruben Perez ST
45. Inaki Isasi ST
75. Haimar Zubeldia ST
96. Mikel Astarloza ST
97. Gorka Verdugo ST
132. Igor Anton ST
144. Amets Txurruka ST
150. Inigo Landaluze ST
156. Jorge Azanza ST

General Ranking
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 04:47:51
2 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana +0:13
3 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval-Prodir +0:21
15. Mikel Astarloza +0:33
53. Ruben Perez +0:48
78. Gorka Verdugo +0:54
94. Haimar Zubeldia +0:57
116. Igor Anton +1:02
142. Inigo Landaluze +1:08
144. Amets Txurruka +1:08
160. Inaki Isasi +1:16
162. Jorge Azanza +1:16

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