Simon Gerrans enjoyed a fine start to last year’s Tour, with a stage win in Corsica and a stint in the maillot jaune. Stage 2 to Sheffield is, we are told, like a miniature Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and the Doyenne winner will doubtless be looking to sniff out an opportunity on Sunday.
“It’s a huge honour to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. Last year, I probably didn’t enjoy it and soak it up enough. The plan was to keep the yellow jersey myself and keep it within the team. I think it’s only when you finish the Tour de France and you take a step back and realise how special it really is,” Gerrans said in his press conference earlier in the afternoon.
“I think if I was able to get the yellow jersey again I would obviously be focussing on keeping it, but I think the second time you would be able to enjoy it a little bit more.”
Twelve months ago, of course, Gerrans passed the overall lead on to his teammate Daryl Impey, who misses this Tour after returning a positive test for probenecid at the South African championships.