Home / Other Sports / Cycling / Tour de France – Week 2 | Pyrenees, Urine and Froome Controversy
Tdf 2015

Tour de France – Week 2 | Pyrenees, Urine and Froome Controversy

After what was an exciting opening week of the tour fraught with danger, the last thing that many would be looking forward to is a journey through the Pyrenees. Here is all you need to know about Stages 10 to 16 that made up the second week of this years Tour de France.

Stage 10 – Tarbes to La Pierre-Saint-Martin (167km)

  • Winner – Chris Froome (GBR – Team Sky)
  • Yellow – Chris Froome (GBR – Team Sky)
  • Green – Andre Greipel (GER – Lotto Soudal)
  • Polkadot – Chris Froome (GBR – Team Sky)
  • White – Nairo Quintana (COL – Movistar Team)

The week began as the previous one had ended; with Team Sky dominating. There were signs of things to come as Richie Porte was reportedly hit by a spectator. It is hard, even at this stage, to see who is in a position to take on Chris Froome in the form he is in, coupled with his able deputies Porte and Geraint Thomas doing a fantastic job to support him. It is true that anything can happen in this race and, something unlikely probably will occur. Andre Greipel did enough to grab the green jersey back from Peter Sagan while Nairo Quintana took a hold of the white jersey.

Stage 11 – Pau to Cauterets/Vallee de Saint-Savin (188km)

  • Winner – Rafal Majka (POL – Tinkoff Saxo)
  • Yellow – Chris Froome (GBR – Team Sky)
  • Green – Peter Sagan (SLO – Tinkoff Saxo)
  • Polkadot – Chris Froome (GBR – Team Sky)
  • White – Nairo Quintana (COL – Movistar Team)

Young Polish rider Rafal Majka pulled away from the peloton to grab a win for himself and his team in what was an incredibly composed climb. The fight for the green jersey continued as Sagan once again edged ahead of Greipel. This battle is likely to go right to the final stage. Team Sky did more than enough to keep Froome in the leader, and king of the mountain, jersey while Quintana retained the young riders classification lead.

Stage 12 – Lannemezan to Plateau de Belle (195km)

  • Winner – Joachim Rodriguez (ESP – Team Katusha)
  • Yellow – Chris Froome (GBR – Team Sky)
  • Green – Peter Sagan (SLO – Tinkoff Saxo)
  • Polkadot – Chris Froome (GBR – Team Sky)
  • White – Nairo Quintana (COL – Movistar Team)

The second stage win for the Spaniard and the better of the two with a terrific lone climb. It was not enough to take the king of the mountains jersey from Froome but the race was alive with attacks on the race leader throughout the climb.

Stage 13 – Muret to Rodez (198.5km)

  • Winner – Greg van Avermaet (BEL – BMC Racing)
  • Yellow – Chris Froome (GBR – Team Sky)
  • Green – Peter Sagan (SLO – Tinkoff Saxo)
  • Polkadot – Chris Froome (GBR – Team Sky)
  • White – Nairo Quintana (COL – Movistar Team)

There was a surprise for Sagan in this one as BMC rider Greg van Avermaet beat the Slovak to the stage win after the breakaway was caught with less than 200 metres left to the line. The yellow jersey wearer had a straightforward day in the peloton but hats off to French rider Peroud who came off his bike early in the stage but managed to finish the race with torn lycra hanging from his blood stained body.

Stage 14 – Rodez to Mende (178.5km)

  • Winner – Stephen Cummings (GBR – MTN Qhubeka)
  • Yellow – Chris Froome (GBR – Team Sky)
  • Green – Peter Sagan (SLO – Tinkoff Saxo)
  • Polkadot – Chris Froome (GBR – Team Sky)
  • White – Nairo Quintana (COL – Movistar Team)

Froome extended his lead in the yellow jersey after an exceptional climb and even managed a sprint finish to beat his closest rival Quintana to the line. It was a stage where fans abused the Team Sky rider due to allegations of doping. While Sagan kept hold of the sprinters jersey, the big story was a first stage win for MTN Qhubeka in the shape of British rider Stephen Cummings. He tailed two riders going into the final 600 metres and managed to outride them both to the line in a terrific ride.

Stage 15 – Mende to Valence (183km)

  • Winner – Andre Greipel (GER – Lotto Soudal)
  • Yellow – Chris Froome (GBR – Team Sky)
  • Green – Peter Sagan (SLO – Tinkoff Saxo)
  • Polkadot – Chris Froome (GBR – Team Sky)
  • White – Nairo Quintana (COL – Movistar Team)

The battle for the green jersey has been the most exciting this tour as Greipel takes his third stage win of the tour at takes the jersey back off Sagan. The ride to the finish involved all but one of the big name sprinters as Mark Cavendish was dropped on the first climb of the day. As for the overall GC, it was an average day of urine hurling and abuse for Froome and Team Sky. Goodness only knows what fans will use in the final stage should the Brit win this years race!

Stage 16 – Bourg-de-Peage to Gap (201km)

  • Winner – Ruben Plaza Molina (ESP – Lampre Merida)
  • Yellow – Chris Froome (GBR – Team Sky)
  • Green – Peter Sagan (SLO – Tinkoff Saxo)
  • Polkadot – Chris Froome (GBR – Team Sky)
  • White – Nairo Quintana (COL – Movistar Team)

In one of the most technical downhill sections of the tour, Spaniard Ruben Plaza Molina took the stage win after pulling away from the breakaway group. The incredible Sagan continued to pick up points but more impressively he managed second place on this stage. Froome enjoyed a less fraught stage to retain both the yellow and the polkadot jerseys but the same could not be said of his teammate Thomas who was forced off the road and into a pillar. Luckily he escaped with just cuts and bruises, and, managed to finish the stage.

Overall Classification (top ten riders) – to update

  • Chris Froome (Team Sky) 64h 47′ 16″
  • Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) +03′ 10″
  • Teejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) +03′ 32″
  • Alejandro Valverde (Movistar team) +04′ 02″
  • Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) +04′ 23″
  • Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +05′ 32″
  • Robert Gesink (Team Lotto) +06′ 23″
  • Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) +07′ 49″
  • Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing) +08′ 53″
  • Warren Barguil (Team Ginat Alpecin) +11′ 03″

Week Two – Round Up

It was quite a week in the tour both on the roads and off it. The big talking point was the treatment of Team Sky, particularly, Chris Froome. Several fans were abusing him out on the roads and even at one point throwing a cup of urine over him amid rumours of doping.

Such rumours have come directly from former riders – Michael Rasmussen and Laurent Jalabert. Riders that have both been found guilty of doping themselves, which makes their comments even more bizarre, especially at a time when the sport is trying desperately to eradicate such connotations and bad press.

As a race though, this week of 2015’s Tour de France has certainly not disappointed. The terrific Peter Sagan has continued to show just how good a rider he really is, along with the Team Sky performance for their GC Chris Froome who seems to be blowing all other contenders out of the water. As a British cycling fan, it is great to see so many of our own riders in the tour and Stephen Cummings taking Stage 14 was a very welcome surprise.

Week Three – What Should We Expect?

The Alps are nigh and with Froome looking solid in the yellow jersey it is for the other teams to challenge his lead. It could open the race up in the next couple of stages at least with Quintana’s team Movistar the ones that will look to chip away at three-minute plus lead that Froome has on their GC rider. Not to forget that Movistar have Valverde four minutes behind the leader who is a rider more than capable of doing something special.

If Team Sky can hold their nerve and finish the tour the way that have ridden out the stages to date, it is hard to see anyone really challenging Froome. Likewise can be said of Sagan in the green jersey though, who looks to be in fantastic form, even if Greipel has put up a great fight.

If you like it, SHARE it!

Facebook Comments

comments

Writer Info about JayC

Jay is the founder and editor of Palace fan site The Eagles Beak. He is also a regular guest on the EPL Roundtable podcast. Jay has been a Palace fan since the late eighties and is a current season ticket holder. A fan of too many other sports as well as a passion for music. Former athlete, footballer and attempted bobsledder.

We know You'll like this article ....

La Vuelta 2015

Exciting Opening Week Of La Vuelta

...The biggest controversy of not just this race but for quite a while in the sport is the disqualification of Italian rider Vicenzo Nibali...

Close
Please Follow StalkSport
Click these buttons to connect with our site, Do it !

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close