LIEGI: A day with 2 heroes. The first is the one who wins, the German Marcel Kittel, the second is the one who loses, the American Taylor Phinney. Both 1-meter and 90-inch high. One who takes home the best climber shirt, struggling at Grafenberg and taking him home after 200 km of escape ended at nothing from the finish line. A happy ending after 2 years ago (May 2014) he had had a very serious accident against a gard rail at the border between Tennesee and Georgia. Result? The double fracture to the left leg.
An escape of 200 km to return to live his life as a true runner, who waited with infinite patience for his body to return to give those signs of recovery that cost him 26 months of career. After that May 26th began the recovery of Taylor Phinney from Boulder in Colorado. An American who can speak the Venetian dialect. After the pink jersey of the Tour in Herning in Denmark, now this best climber shirt.
The other winner of the day is the one who first cut the finish line: Marcel Kittel, Ivan Drago’s co-worker, in tears. The other one who wins is the defeated Phinney. His smile is for so much effort and for a recruited career. 2 very different victories.
Monday 3 July: Verviers – Longwy – Km 212.5
After cronomen and sprinters, this is an opportunity for the attackers: the wall bringing to the Longwy finish line seems perfect for athletes like Gilbert.
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STAGE TWO RESULTS
1 KITTEL MARCEL 101 QUICK – STEP FLOORS 04H 37′ 06”
2 DEMARE ARNAUD 71 FDJ 04H 37′ 06”
3 GREIPEL ANDRÉ 131 LOTTO SOUDAL 04H 37′ 06”
4 CAVENDISH MARK 91 TEAM DIMENSION DATA 04H 37′ 06” + 00′ 00”
5 GROENEWEGEN DYLAN 163 TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO 04H 37′ 06” + 00′ 00
1 THOMAS GERAINT (TEAM SKY) 4:53:10
2 KUENG STEFAN (BMC RACING TEAM) 0:00:05
3 KITTEL MARCEL (QUICK – STEP FLOORS) 0:00:06
4 KIRYIENKA VASILI (TEAM SKY) 0:00:07
5 TRENTIN MATTEO (QUICK – STEP FLOORS) 0:00:10