David Kelly writes on the opening stages of the Tour de France.
Not wanting to be outshone by their team bus, which incidentally now has its own twitter account and claims to have won the first stage of this year’s tour in Corsica, the Orica-GreenEDGE guys have been turning on the style, individually and as a team.
After all the drama of the first two stages this team have settled into their stride and taken the proverbial bull, in this case the TDF, by the horns.
Now that we’re five stages in and the cyclists are now in mainland France and heading for the Pyrenees, OGE won stages 3 and 4 and Simon Gerrans is now in possession of the ‘maillot jaune’ or yellow jersey.
It’s early days, let’s not forget that this tour is very much in its infancy and much more drama is yet to unfold but this team mean business, setting records along the way, and have so far demonstrated a great team ethic. It’s great to see such a new team challenging the more established around them.
At the time of writing, Stage 5 has just finished and the yellow jersey hasn’t changed hands but the Manx Missile has won a thrilling sprint finish and there were crashes again at the end.
The yellow jersey remains with Gerrans and there’s little daylight between him and the other GC contenders, that being said, Gerrans hasn’t even been mentioned as a GC contender up until now and he probably still isn’t.
The big battle in the mountains is still to be played out and everyone foresees this as being between Froome and Contador.
But until then I’m going to follow Orica-GreenEDGE and their bus with keen interest, there’s plenty more days of surprises ahead.
What are your predictions for the Tour?
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