Whew what a start. Marcel (that famous (German) French mime) Kittel takes out stage 1. This is one of his signature moves: “driving the bus”.
It all started out with high hopes for Orica-Green Edge with Hunters & Collectors inspiration:
“… so shed your skin,
and let’s get started...” – H&C
And shed their skin they did.
Contador: “my injuries are superficial”
He states that his form is now at 89.999999999999 %. (Since he got pinged for 50 picograms of clenbuterol in the 2010 TdF, he quantifies everything to 12 decimal places.)
Meanwhile the Corsicans are nonplussed at this level of carnage and local farmers quickly organise to have a tractor reverse the Orica Green Edge bus from the finish line towards the 60+ k/h peloton a few minutes away.
Frantically changing the finishing line, then back again, with only some riders aware of the changes allowed opportunity for further crashes (Goss down).
Orica-Green Edge: Bus problem “unfortunate“.
But its all good, after 213 km of racing. everyone has finished in exactly the same time!