TdF '20 Stage 2 Discussion Thread. Sun. Aug 30. Spoiler Alert.
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    TdF '20 Stage 2 Discussion Thread. Sun. Aug 30. Spoiler Alert.

    Stage 2 again stays in the Nice area.
    It is about 115 miles, with two notable cat 1 climbs mid-course, and a couple modest climbs toward the end.

    All of this does favor a breakaway, and that could significantly set the eventual leader board - if a GC contender dared or happened to hang up front. Especially with the prospect of the Tour ending early (due to Covid activity).

    This year more than the typical, we have relatively strong teams and relatively less obvious leading GC contender - for example there is no Froome. So, more than usual it could be anyone's game, and a breakaway early would be quite threatening to the teams' intended GC contenders.

    So, relative to most years, Stage 2 could play a role in eventual winners.

    The final crest is only 6 miles out, and the final run-in is flat, but only about 2.5 miles. This all looks fairly twisty. But it is hard to discern the exact finish from the provided maps. It seems to be a twisty road coming into Nice from the final climb, Col D'Eze, so there is a lot for a breakaway to work with, and a difficult situation for multiple teams trying to gt up front. This run in from the final crest runs SW, and the weather calls for a 20 mph wind out of the WSW, so on top of the twisty roads, they may have a pretty good head wind.

    An almost perfect route for a breakaway, early in the Tour. Is this too tempting for GC contenders? Who could master a breakaway yet not be considered a threat to the major GC contenders?

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    Pretty exciting finish to the stage today! I really thought those 3 were going to get caught right near the end but it seems like the camera angles at the finish line when you're looking back down the road make the peloton look closer than they might have actually been to the breakaway. It's still amazing that Alaphilippe timed it as well as he did. Hirschi put up a great charge at the end.

    I read this about the race as well:

    Afterward, slumped by the roadside, he burst into tears. One of his teammates, Dries Devenyns, was awed by the manner of the win.

    “I stopped on the side of the road to watch the last 500 meters on a spectator’s smartphone,” he said. "I shouted when he won. He already did two weeks in yellow last year, we have it again, we are going to protect it as much as we can.”


    That's the stuff you don't see on tv, a rider stops racing to watch the finish on a smartphone!

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    Fabulous finish. A real barn burner.

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