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Tour de France: Cavendish and Martin left empty-handed despite Etixx-QuickStep’s might

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Mark Cavendish ready for the ream presentation

Mark Cavendish ready for the ream presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Andre Greipel wins stage 2 of the 2015 Tour de France.

Andre Greipel wins stage 2 of the 2015 Tour de France.
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The peloton rides along the North Sea during stage 2 of the 2015 Tour de France.

The peloton rides along the North Sea during stage 2 of the 2015 Tour de France.
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The face of Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) in green

The face of Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) in green
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Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step)

Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)

Despite a commanding team performance, Etixx-QuickStep were left empty-handed after an ultimately disappointing day at the Tour de France. Mark Cavendish missed out on the stage win to Andre Griepel (Lotto Soudal) and Tony Martin saw the yellow jersey slip through his fingers and go to arch rival Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing).

Stage 2 from Utrecht to Zelande had Etixx-Quickstep written all over it. From the flat parcours to the enveloping route with battering crosswinds – the only thing that would have made the Belgian team more at home would have been if team manager Patrick Lefevere had laid down the laminate QuickStep tiles on the route the night before.

Two opportunities missed but 19 more to come.