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  • Dave

    What an awesome sprint by Kittel, and even sweeter when he rode away from the three next best sprinters at the front with none stuck back in the pack. With that sort of form, I reckon he could even race a keirin and put in a credible performance.

    The Keeno-Robbie commentary team was incredible tonight, you would struggle to find a team pursuit squad which could make changes that smooth.

    I hope Peraud, Hansen and the other crashed riders are all okay.

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  • Jackson

    Tobias Ludvigsson and Thomas Lovkvist are Swedes, not Norwegians :)

    • Shane Stokes

      Thanks Jackson – doh! That’s fixed now. Merci :)

      • Hyun-ji Song

        You’ve also said kittels giant alpecin team near the end of the article.

        • Hugh Davis

          To be fair I get really confused whenever I see BMC pulling for Porte too! Some people are just synonymous with certain teams!

          • Hyun-ji Song

            That is true. But riders get transferred all the time! Just gotta keep on top of things I guess.

  • J Evans

    Let’s hope once there is a more challenging parcours it’s less of a stroll for Kittel.
    ‘The Toughest Race in the World’s Most Beautiful Place’ – not so far. A trundle through some of the flattest land on Earth – thrilling. Crowds are big, though – whoopee.

    • Sean Doyle

      Some are hard to please.

      • J Evans

        Just put the hills closer to the end. Add something, anything.
        Personally, I only watched the last few km of both stages – I suspect a lot of people did the same: not good for the Giro.
        Why would anyone be pleased with two stages like this?

        • Sean Doyle

          Because this is Tour racing. If every stage was butt hard then no one would finish three weeks or they’d all resort to chemical or mechanical help…….oh wait……..never mind……… It’s pro racing. It’s about exposure for sponsors and TV time. Processional stages that are geared for the sprinters are always included. I was watching earlier in the stage and the cross winds and the changing direction made it anything but a parade lap. There were a lot of tactics being played out and the beauty is in the subtlety and the nuance on such a stage. I bet if you ask the riders after last night it was anything but a straight forward stage.

        • Nomad

          Probably because he got through both stages without getting involved in someone else’s crashes. The last couple of Ks of yesterday’s stage looked like a crash waiting to happen. Riders must be getting good sleep in the land of the Dutch. Plus it doesn’t hurt to get kissed by beautiful podium girls two days in a row. LOL.

    • Steel

      The race hasn’t reached Italy yet.

      These stages are some of the few that favour a big sprinter like Kittel. I don’t mind it. A bit of something for everyone.

  • Emil Holt

    Was it that long ago that a Norwegian was in a leaders jersey?
    Anyway, Ludvigsson and Löfkvist are both Swedes, not Norwegians. I believe Fredrik Kessiakoff was the last Swede in a GT leaders jersey.


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