Outside Does The Tour

Outside Online is once again following the Tour de France this year with their Tour Blog running down each day’s events and the current standings.

Speaking of the standings, after today’s second stage, which ran from Dunkerque to Ghent in Belgium, Fabian Cancellara remains in the Yellow Jersey, just Andreas Kloeden. The stage today was another flat and fast course through the Belgian countryside, favoring the sprinters who dominate these early stages. Gert Steegmans claimed his first ever Tour stage win today on his home soil, nipping out countryman Tom Boonen at the finish line.

The stage did have some excitement however, as a major crash near the end of the race took more than 30 riders down, including Cancellara, who was seen crossing the finish line in visible pain, and grasping his arm. There is some speculation that he may have hurt it fairly seriously in the fall.

Tomorrow, the Tour returns to it’s native soil, as it kicks off from he Belgian town of Waregem for a 147-mile ride to Compiegne, France, northeast of Paris.

Kraig Becker

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