Has a South African ever been this close to the yellow jersey ?
With 2 stages of this year’s race already done and dusted we can look back and see how our Africans have done so far. After the absolute shambles during the 1st stage with the Orica – GreenEdge bus getting stuck under the finish structure and the riders then being told the finish line would be moved to the 3km to go mark and then being told it would be back at the original finish once the bus had been moved.
This could have resulted in the nervous crash at the front of the race that put all the main sprinters on the back foot with Cavendish coming out the biggest loser.The riders were all given the same time,however,as Cavendish later tweeted ” why were the green jersey points also not neutralised for the stage ” ?Good question Cav.With the race in pieces the Argos-Shimano team managed to get their sprinter Marcel Kittel across the line 1st to not only win the stage but to take the yellow, green and best young riders jersey’s as well.
The 2nd stage would prove difficult for the pure sprinters to stay near the front and we saw the top sprinters popping off the front as soon as the road went up.The yellow jersey of Kittel was off the front along with most of the other pure sprinters which played into the hands of the Cannondale team as their fast man Peter Sagan was in the front bunch.
We saw Sky’s leader Chris Froome attack the bunch on the short 1km climb near the end of the stage and whether this was to allow him to do the tricky descend on his own or a show of strength can only be speculated,however,we prefer to think it was to allow him to control his decent as it would be a little early to be burning unnecessary energy .
South Africa’s Daryl Impey sprinted to 8th on the stage after the RadioShack -Leopard rider JanBakelants got the jump on the bunch to win the stage with a clear 1 second time gap and so move himself into the yellow jersey as the tour’s new leader.
With Daryl’s finish he is now 1 second behind the leader and if the bunch finishes together on the 3rd stage on Monday and his team has a winning team time trial on Tuesday’s stage we could see our first South African rider in the yellow jersey. Let keep fingers crossed .