Watch: How Dutch crosswinds shaped the Tour de France (video)

Short films looks at the way that strong coastal winds broke up the peloton during the Tour de France in the Netherlands

Vicious crosswinds, blowing from the North Sea off the Dutch coast, played their part in cutting up the peloton during stage two of the 2015 Tour de France on Sunday – which saw significant time gaps open up between the overall contenders and the yellow jersey for Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing).

Windy conditions are part of life in the region around Zeeland in the Netherlands, with the shattered bunch picking its way along a coast road surrounded by rotating wind turbines.

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>>> Five talking points from stage two of the Tour de France

In this short film, riders and team staff recount their experiences in dealing with crosswinds while racing in the Tour de France – how the winds mean that tactics come into play even on a stage that appears to be featureless and flat.

As one interviewee says: “When it’s a nightmare for the riders on their bikes, it’s perfect for the guys who windsurf here.”

Video: Tour de France stage two highlights