Where's that GPS?
Recap of Stage Two:
As expected, Marcel Kittle put his mark on the points race (Maglia Rossa) in Stage Two, but came up shy of the current Maglia Rosa, so Dumo hods on for yet another day in pink.
The next stage presents itself as a Sprinter's Stage and we can expect the sprinter's teams to be in control of the front of the peloton with the overall contenders again taking a backseat to the action out front as breakaways attempt to free themselves from the almost irresistible gravity of the sprinter led main field.
Many will try their luck and hope the Sprint teams give them more leash than they have the legs to recoup towards the end. Inevitably, people will ask: "The General Classification teams are doing nothing, the Sprinter's teams have to save their energy for the final Kms and their lead-outs - why not try a breakaway?"
The answer, my friends is: "Indeed. Why not?"
1. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) 4:49:34
2. Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo)
3. Marcel Kittel (Etixx - Quick-Step) 0:00:01
4. Andrey Amador (Movistar) Team 0:00:06
5. Tobias Ludvigsson (Giant-Alpecin) 0:00:08
6. Moreno Moser (Cannondale) 0:00:12
7. Bob Jungels (Etixx - Quick-Step) 0:00:13
8. Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) 0:00:14
9. Silvan Dillier (BMC) 0:00:16
10. Roger Kluge (IAM Cycling)
Stage Three: Nijmegen - Arnhem, 190 km
Clearly a Sprinter's profile, mostly flat with only a few bumps in the road - and the ever present wind. The Sprinter's teams will attempt to control this stage, the last in The Netherlands before the transfer to Italy, and the breakaway artists will attempt to confound that control. Barring wind-related or other surprises - I expect the breakaways will fail and a three-way shoot-out between Giant, Lotto-Soudal and Orica-GreenEdge will produce our stage winner and, perhaps new wearers of both the Pink and Red jersies.
Note (Question really for the tech nerds ie. wealthy people out there): Oddly, I see no plans for this stage to be televised in the U.S. - as it is a transition stage - the last stage before the action moves to Italy, is it possible that BeIn Sports will be transferring its gear to Italy today and thus no broadcast?
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