The Tinkoff team leader had fallen heavily during stage one, sustaining grazes and bruising up his right side and shoulder. He had hoped to take it easy on stage two from Saint Lô to Cherbourg, but instead gathered another injury.
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The footage shows Contador with several other riders toppling on top of him (at around 1-10). There are numerous shouts of ‘are you okay’ from other riders as everyone dusts themselves down, checks themselves over and tries to get back up and riding as swiftly as possible.
On the stage’s tough, hilly finale, Contador was visibly struggling and rolled over the line in 61st place and 48 seconds behind stage winner and Tinkoff team-mate Peter Sagan. Sagan also took the race lead from stage one winner Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data). Contador sits in 62nd place overall.
The day’s wet conditions didn’t help, as intermittent heavy showers dampened the roads, causing slick conditions. That didn’t stop the crowds of spectators coming out to line the roads.
Also captured on the footage is a wheel change for a LottoNL-Jumbo rider, who then receives the traditional hefty shove from the mechanic to get him rolling again.
WorldTour team organisation Velon are using GoPro cameras on board selected riders’ bikes to capture footage of the race inside the peloton. Cameras are mounted on the bars, and rearward facing cameras under the saddle. Some of the footage is also being broadcast live as part of the daily stage coverage.
The 2016 Tour de France continues on Monday with stage three from Granville to Angers, heading south from the Grand Depart in Normandy.