After the raging success of our Stage One prediction, we head into another sprinters’ stage – 180km across the Vendee region, but this time heading inland. There is little to trouble the field today, barring bad luck, but there will be a couple of teams trying to save their legs for the following day’s Team Time Trial, so there is a good chance of the break getting clear and staying clear. Normally, that is. But this is the Tour, and we have already seen that there are teams with little interest in the GC willing to put a lot of effort in to bring it all back together, including both the Quickstep out fit of Yellow Jersey Fernando Gaviria, and our very own Dimension Data boys who were prominent for much of the first stage.
So, let’s presume the bunch gallop happens. Who will prevail this time? Will Gaviria ride his confidence (and the extra watts the Yellow Jersey brings) and get a second? Will Kittel time his run a bit better this time? Peter Sagan… we can never count him out.
But… we are going to put our eggs in the Cavendish basket for today. Dimension Data showed today they want it, and they want it bad. If the peloton settles a little, and the last 20km are not as insane, we expect Cav to pop off Gaviria’s wheel with 150 to go and show us his victory teeth.