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Teams that have yet to nab a stage win are running out of time and the French had their share with Europcar’s Voeckler and Rolland with two consecutive stage wins (Stages 10 and 11). Garmin-Sharp managed to salvage their ill-fated Tour this year with David Millar’s valiant effort to grab the win during Stage 12. Luis Leon Sanchev of the Dutch Rabobank team took the Stage 14 win yesterday despite only having 3 teammates left. Orica-GreenEdge had no luck so far as team riders try to help Matt Goss in his bid for a stage win and points classification.
The Sagan Saga
Currently having a significant lead in the points classification and green jersey, young Peter Sagan (Liquigas) demonstrated his abilities and strength amongst the big boys like Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol). Cavendish seems to have no luck with his winning streak this year compared to previous tours whereas his rivals Sagan and Greipel have picked up 3 stage wins each at the Tour so far.
Team Sky’s Continued Domination
Perhaps Cavendish’s lack of wins in this year’s race so far pales in comparison to how well his team mates Wiggins and Froome are doing in the general classification and each having a stage win to their name. There’s no question which team is boss in this year’s Tour de France. Wiggins has a comfortable lead of 3 minutes and 19 seconds over defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC) who is in 4th place now. Wiggin’s grip over the yellow jersey is unlikely to loosen with such a strong team behind him and a long time trial towards the end of the Tour will only add to his advantage.
Stay tuned for a third and final reflection on this year’s Tour de France!
You may also be interested to read the reflections on the first week of this year’s Tour here.