A sneaky Maccas, Sagan's fan club and a sneak peek at a new electronic groupset are the highlights from the second rest day in Gap.
Wednesday 22 Jul 2015

He may not have won a stage, but Tinkoff-Saxo's Peter Sagan is definitely winning the competition for the most popular rider during this Tour.

But don't ask us - ask his obsessive Slovakian fan club that's been chasing him around all Tour. Even Tomo got to sample their hospitality. Lucky boy.

While Sagan's grip on the green jersey seems unassailable, there's only one stage remaining that holds a realistic chance of victory for Sagan - the final sprint on the Champs d'Elysees. Can he overhaul the pure sprinters?

BMC Racing's Tejay van Garderen is cautiously optimistic about preserving or improving his podium spot through the four Alpine stages that lie ahead.

“They say there’s never an easy day on the Tour de France and that’s certainly true after the tough first week and the even tougher second week," said van Garderen, currently third on GC.

"But I feel like I’m recovering well every day, the team is strong every day and we always have strength in numbers in the final. I expect that to continue all the way to Paris,”

"I need to look out for Quintana but I also need to look out for the two Spanish guys behind me: Valverde and Contador. They’re pretty close. For sure they’re going to want to take advantage if I fall into a difficult place." the American rider told Cyclingnews.

While there's no rider cam from the second rest day (probably for the best), GoPro have instead put togther this cracking highlights reel featuring footage from Stages 8-14. Which riders can you spot?

 

Orica-GREENEDGE's Adam and Simon Yates have been given the green light to go on the attack in the Alps.

Directeur sportif Matt White told Cyclingnews that he had "cut them off the leash" now that their GC hopes were over.

 "Simon’s obviously back from illness. We’ll see what happens, see what the Alps brings to him," said White. 

"Adam is in good shape as we saw in the past but it’s just getting into the right break. With those guys, we are going into uncharted territories with the fatigue of the third week."

Red face of the day must go to Mick 'Dodger' Rogers, who fessed up after being papped chowing down on a McFlurry in Maccas. Gabriel is reportedly outraged.

New bike technology often emerges at the Tour de France, and this edition is no exception. Global Cycling Network spotted the long-rumored FSA electronic groupset mounted on Michal Kwiatkowksi's (very attractive) Specialized Tarmac during the rest day. Check it out below.