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.
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