Riders react on Twitter to a chaotic stage two at the Tour de France

Mark Cavendish, Alex Dowsett, Dan Martin and others take to Twitter to talk about the wind and rain of stage two at the Tour de France

Dan Martin heads to sign in before the start of Stage 8 of the 2015 Dauphine Libere.
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Wind and rain battered the Tour de France on stage two, turning it more into a Spring Classic than a race that's happening in the middle of the Summer.

The riders soldiered through the inclement weather - some contenders lost time, while other domestiques simply grinned and bared it until the end.

And once they were safely back on the team buses they got their phones out and told us all about it on Twitter.

1. Giant-Alpecin hardman Koen de Kort isn't stopped easily, but cycling in odd shoes is something that does slow him down.

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2. Dan Martin lost time because he just found himself on the wrong side of the street.

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3. There are some odd riders out there, though, who actually enjoy these conditions, like Alpecin's Albert Timmer

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4. It looked like Mark Cavendish eased up when he realised he wasn't going to win, but the Manxman took to social media to get his point across in his own inimitable way.

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5. Jan Bakelants is the master of the understatement.

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6. While Alex Dowsett is the master of the overstatement and then the retraction.

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7. And Andrew Talansky sums it up nicely - this kind of action is why we love the Tour.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.