A spectacular crash 2.5 km from the finish could not keep Quick-Step's Gert Steegmans and his famous sprinter teammate, Tom Boonen, from taking first and second place in stage 2.
Gert Steegmans gives the victory salute!
from Velonews.com, who got it from AFP
The crash occurred when a rider from the Milram team swerved, clinked wheels, and knocked down other riders. One of the riders was Fabian Cancellara, our current wearer of the Maillot Jaune. George Hincapie and Tomas Vaitkus of Discovery, and sprinter Thor Hushovd also went down. The riders were receiving medical checks but I am not sure if any have to drop out at this time. Meg's cheri, Cadel Evans, is fine!
The day's stage ended in Ghent, Belgium, a gorgeous city with many local fans happy that two of their own finished first.
So how do things stand after Stage 2?
Yellow Jersey: Fabian Cancellara (CSC)
Green Jersey: Tom Boonen (Quickstep)
Polka Dot Jersey: David Millar (Saunier-Duval Prodir)
White Jersey: Vladimir Gusev (Discovery)
Comment allez-vous? Hopefully no one here has had a spectacular crash with their project!
In the Green Jersey group, we have everything from the tortoise to the hare. Cindy2paw is knitting in leaps and bounds, and has knitted 200g of her project - a pace which would have her finish in 8 days! Ozknitter has finished her first sock of a pair (guess she's channeling Robbie) and is well into the second sock:
Ann is knitting during most of her waking hours on Mermaid and is nearly done with a sleeve, while Auntie Jimbo has had to restart her Clementine shawl, due to its similarity to an 'occupied jock strap'! (Probably best to click the link to see what I am talking about.)
The Knitty Professor is still waiting for the steroids toy kick in but has managed to surmount one hurdle - a mistake in the pattern - on her way to market bag victory.
In other sprinting sock knitters news, Jen has had to dismiss first the Pomatamus, then the RPM, in her search for the perfect Sockapalooza socks; another Jen has had to re-do the heel on her Anniversary Socks with her own gorgeous cabled concoction, while Meredith has decided to ditch her original project choice and go with Coupling from Knitty instead. Bonne chance!
In the Polkadot jersey group, there has been all sorts action. Christina has changed lace projects and has gone on a bike ride and shares some photos of her lovely North Wales landscape with us. Pamela has bagged the market bag idea and decided to knit French Girl's Fifi instead - tres jolie! Mary Heather received her yarn from ebay but it was not the colour she was expecting - but she will proceed, undaunted. Cecile was a bit chagrined to find out that her project required not only 21 rows of rib to start with, but also 3 and 4 strands to be carried per row!
Foreverknit asks whether her lace, which currently looks like a piece of thread, will actually look like lace in the end? Chelsea tried to rip out the first three rows of her Kidsilk Haze Birch but discovered it was better to cut her losses as well as the yarn and just start over. Although Vivian still can't find her project (it's definitely NOT in the freezer) she's working on some jaywlakers for now, and posting nudie Lance Armstrong photos in the meantime!!! Donni has given us the full run-down on her sock team, which has all bases covered; while Tom-Boonen-mad Cindy has made great progress on Fawne and has highlighted some of the fine cultural offerings of Belgium in her latest post. Blogless Heidi has made her goal of knitting up to the armhole shaping on her tank top but is still questioning the title of the book the pattern is from (One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet): not only does the project require well over one skein, it is not exactly quick to knit!
KnitnLit is showing a remarkable come-from-behind recovery on the Mystery Stole, despite the kitchen renovations! And Lauren has finished well on her way with her self-designed socks for her dad:
The white jerseys have been quiet but the Yellow jerseys are clamouring! Chris has had to start her Sockamania socks about 5 times, but has now gotten about half way through a foot. Devorah has had to rip out about 17 inches of knitting and re-do it, but don't worry, she's taking heart from the riders recovering from the horrible crash in the peloton in Stage 1 and has recovered her former position. Romelda has also crashed and burned with her project, but is taking inspiration from the riders limping across the finish line in today's stage, cradling broken arms, and will tackle that dog cape again! Janet is still on-target for adding one inch per day to her circular blanket, but ponders how rough the going will be in the mountain stages later on in the tour? (There are more stitchs per row the larger her blanket gets!)
Thursday has cast on for her first ever sock, flung the magic loop method out the window, and is proceeding nicely on dpns. Kristen is several tiers into her gorgeous Lady Eleanor Stole. Inspired by Robbie McEwan's win in Stage 1 (how could you not be!) Sarah has chosen an amazing pattern from Bergere de France - it will be fascinating to see these projects unfolding from my armchair!
Several KAL'ers have had the pleasure to see the sights in London and Canterbury first hand - check out Joy, Angie, and Mrs Pao for eyewitness accounts!
Now that the Tour has reached the Continent, we look forward to bringing you some culinary highlights to offset all the calories we've been burning while watching the Tour!