One of the best mornings we have put in for a long while. Great camaraderie and everyone showed who was in town (except Sky captain Andy V) and I think we all put our A game in. From what I could see, everyone stepped up to the plate. Harmony in a bike team is critical and the loss of a rider from Orica Green Edge mid-week proved to be very costly for the Orica GE squad. They had a few extra riders today also but as the overall placing’s and Top 3 from each team count, it can be argued as one of Orica’s greatest boo-boo’s over these past 3 seasons. Sky racing went damn close going 1-2 overall today but it was their 3rd rider that cost them dearly and certain overall team
points. Devastating for Sky captain Andy Veall who chose to rest for the cols in July and the absence of Stuart Caunt proved costly. The return of Simon Marshall was a huge signing, but again, that 3rd rider overall was the factor. Its not that Ben and Chris did not try, they were all in, it was just bike racing at this level!! Who would of thought the worse camaraderie of them all, the Black Nomads would produce an amazing ride today to take overall lead in the critical point system. No leader, everyone for themselves has turned into an incredible bond that may carry into the mountain stage. I imagine Anders is certainly having the last laugh now. The overall classification following Stage 2: Nomads on 148 points Sky racing system 147 points Orica Green Edge on 141 points Incredible considering entering into today, Orica Green edge had a 9 point lead over the Nomads and 6 on Sky. I would imagine some friction in the Cresswell residence tonight… Overall winner today was Jimmy from Sky racing who had an incredible battle with fellow team mate and original sky leader in 2012 Simon Marshall. Next Stage.. the Mountain Stage!