The wind and rain caused chaos on Stage Two, a tense 166km from Utrecht to Neeltje Jans. For the GC hopefuls, small time bonuses made it a day for to celebrate or one to look past. For the Australians there were equal parts pain, humour and relief.
Monday 6 Jul 2015

Several riders crashed on the roads through Zeeland. Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal) has since confirmed that he disclocated his shoulder - the same one that he hurt at the Ster ZLM Tour in June, also held in the The Netherlands.

No stranger to pain, or the ups and downs of the three week race to Paris, the Australian still aims to complete his 12th consecutive Tour de France.

They didn’t feature in the bunch sprint, but they do feature in the competition for the best video series produced by a pro cycling team. The latest Backstage Pass from Orica-GreenEDGE tackles the wet and windy Stage 2 with cheerful caution.

“We’re expecting a storm that’s going to be like the end of the earth coming about an hour to go from the finish” - Simon Gerrans

Join Canberran rider Nathan Haas as he takes in the excitement of the Tour for the very first time. He can ride, he can sing and he has the new cast of Friends from Cannondale-Garmin with him for the ride.

It was a big day, and a big night, for our SBS team after Australian young gun Rohan Dennis (BMC) rode into the yellow jersey on Stage One. The van has since been repaired and looks as good as new.

In the race for the overall title, Chris Froome (Sky), Tejay van Garderen (BMC) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) had luck go their way today, while Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) lost up to 1min 28sec by the end of the stage. 

For Tejay van Garderen the time gain was bittersweet as his team-mate, Rohan Dennis, relinquished the yellow jersey so as not to drag van Garderen's GC rivals back to the front of the race.