Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sagan Wins A Second Stage

As expected one large peloton came into Steamboat Springs after picking up the final remnants of the days  break, with fan-favorite Jens Voigt being the last man picked up just a few kilometers from the line.  A bunch sprint usually means just a few men are likely to win, most likely Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel, or Peter Sagan, and only Sagan is in Colorado for this race.  Another win for the Slovak and he keeps his hands on the green and blue jerseys.  None of the jerseys or the team lead changed hands today other than the orange most aggressive rider, which is awarded based on each day's race and went to Jens Voigt. since with the exception of a small break at the end by the sprinters everyone finished on the same time.

Tomorrow's climb up to Beaver Creek and Friday's time trial in Vail will decide the race.  Expect Garmin-SHARP to attack early and often tomorrow as while they have the most options to win, BMC's Teejay Van Garderen is probably best positioned being the best time trial rider among the favorites and only 11 seconds back of Lachlan Morton, who's time trial ability right now as young rider is something of a question mark.  Garmin will want to either extend Morton's lead or get Tommy D off the front to get a slight lead on Teejay going into the time trial.

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