Here’s a remarkable statistic. In the 99 road stages that Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) has completed at the Tour de France, he’s finished inside the top 10 on 56 occasions. Here’s another one: In those 99 stages Sagan has finished, he went top three on 37 occasions. That’s a level of consistency and strength that’s hard to fathom.
In that context, Sagan’s start to the 2018 Tour isn’t all that remarkable. To anybody else, finishing second on the opening stage then winning the next day would be a case of mission accomplished. With Sagan, you get the feeling he’s only just getting started.
Stage 2 ended in a bunch sprint as predicted, but it was a slightly reduced bunch the challenged for the win. A crash in the closing kilometres saw several riders held up, not least stage 1 winner and maillot jaune Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors).
Sagan now leads the race overall and the points classification. And just like back in 2016, he’s in the enviable position of having several great clothing options at his disposal:
Sagan when asked how long he can keep yellow: "I don't care. If I don't have yellow, I have green. If I don't have green, I have rainbow"
— CyclingTips (@cyclingtips) July 3, 2016
See below for a selection of images from stage 2 of the 2018 Tour de France, courtesy of Ashley & Jered Gruber, Kristof Ramon and Cor Vos.