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Tour de France 2016: Top Banana stage 2

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Photographs: BrakeThrough Media
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Not sure we have ever split out Top Banana down the middle before but today’s performances by two Bora-Argon 18 riders warrant a special mention.
Paul Voss was one of the few Endura riders to survive the team merger with NetApp back in 2013. The 30-year-old German loves a long break, so it was no surprise to see him out there on yesterday’s opening stage, taking enough King of the Mountains points to secure the polka-dot jersey. What was a surprise, however, was to see him do it all over again on stage 2 in a bid to defend the jersey. It nearly came off, too, but the final sharp ascent – the Côte de la Glacerie – saw him swept up by the pursuing peloton. Fine effort though.
And talking of fine efforts, Sam Bennett came home some 16 minutes after stage winner Peter Sagan, obviously in a lot of pain from injuries sustained in yesterday’s finish line pile-up. The Irish sprinter avoided the close attention of the broom wagon and fights on to take the start in Granville tomorrow.
It’s been two days of highs and lows for the German team. Have a banana split on us, and here’s to more of the good times in the coming days.

Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media |
Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media |

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