The whole stage seemed to be going in favour of the sprinters today. The early group of adventurers was way too small and Cannondale and Giant-Shimano had their breakaway killers leading the peloton. Predictable…. Boring… No! Garmin had other plans for today. Their whole strategy worked out exacltly as they had planned by having a rider (TJ Slagter) in the breakaway and by being in the front of the peloton with the rest of the team at that 4th category climb near the end. Langeveld or Navardauskas were to attack there and it eventually was the Lithuanian that managed to free himself from the pack and stay away from the hungry peloton. After the deception of Talansky dropping out of the Tour, Navardauskas saved the Tour for Garmin.
The 101st Tour de France will undergo its start in the northern-English county of Yorkshire, at first sight featuring some sprint stages. Looks can deceive when the weather conditions don't look too promising for the opening weekend of the Tour. The lovely Yorkshire valleys can suddenly change into tricky grey roads where an accident is around every corner. Op top of that, stage two looks to be too difficult for the real sprinters and when the GC-men kick some arse in the final, we might nog even see the likes of Sagan in the first ten finishers. London offers the well known Royal finale in front of Buckingham Palace, sure enough that will end up in a sprint.