July 05, Stage 1: Leeds - Harrogate
SRM sponsored teams powered into all Tour de France jerseys today with Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) winning Stage 1 for the Leaders and Sprinters jersey, Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) launching a solo breakaway for Polka-dots, and Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) claiming the best young rider spot in white.
The opening stage from Leeds to Harrogate was far from flat as it twisted and rolled on narrow English roads through countryside filled with cheering fans and yellow sheep.
Trek's famous German veteran, "Jens Voigt, bolted away at kilometer zero with two youthful, brave souls, and together the three formed the first breakaway of the 2014 Tour. Inevitably, all three would perish to the rolling terrain and a focused, edgy peloton unwilling to ease off the accelerator, but not before ‘Jensie’ dropped his two companions and soloed over the final two categorized climbs to grab the lead in the mountains competition." Trek Factory Racing
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Jens left his stamp on the stage at the intermediate sprint when he jumped ahead of his two French breakaway companions and continued a solo performance over the final two climbs earning him the renowned mountains classification jersey.
"It looked like I was just going for the sprint," Jens recalls. "And they let me go, and once I had five seconds, I was gone. You know it's the book of cycling page number one: Never, ever give one meter to Jens Voigt!”
Voigt averaged over 360 watts for his 1:20hr out front, tackling the rolling terrain with 84rpm average cadence at an average speed of 38kph.