For cyclists this is the event we've been waiting for - Tour de France
Roadcycling.com will be analyzing the Tour de France stages twice a week.
flat stages are not the most exciting. Stage 2 lived up to that prediction. Same formula as before: break away, it gets caught, lead-out trains start to form, and a bunch sprint for the win.
In last year's Tour de France Cavendish was the dominant sprinter. He had the might of a HTC lead out train that rivaled the speed of the French TGV and the German ICE. This is 2012 and he's a member of a squad that is committed to winning a jersey - just not the green one.
Cavendish showed today that he doesn't need no stinking lead-out train. He grabbed the rear wheel of Lotto-Belisol's Andre Greipel and slung himself out of the slipstream in the last 300 meters or so, taking a tight victory - a half a wheel.
This week has a couple more chances for the sprinters, but I expect Gilbert to make a go at tomorrow's Stage 3.
Tour Tech Geek Highlights
Road helmets have become more than just something to protect your head. Now they are becoming aerodynamic. Sure, being aero has always been part of the equation to building a lid, but last year Mark Cavendish won the road world championships with a cover over his Specialized helmet. This removable lid concealed the air vents and made it slice through the air. Cav's win didn't go unnoticed by engineers and marketing guys.
Flash forward and Giro just launched the Air Attack helmet. It's an aerodynamic road helmet with minimal venting reminiscent of a skateboarder's helmet or one of the villains from the movie "Spaceballs." Google the movie and you'll see what I mean.
Garmin-Sharp and Rabobank have a few of their riders using Air Attacks and Team Sky's Kask helmets have the vents closed in favor of aerodynamics. Time will tell if this is just a passing fad like seatmasts or the beginning of how road cycling helmets will be designed in the future.
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