“Truth to be told, it had never happened to me before but I remember that once at the Paris-Roubaix there was a closed level crossing as well. I don’t know what happened today but I think the train may have been delayed or we may have arrived there ahead of schedule” Roman took it easy. “We all made use of the short break to take a pee…”The race officials allowed the two escapees to start 45 seconds ahead of the peloton; using the gap that they had created before arriving at the level crossing, however, they were swallowed by the peloton anyway. “The stage ended in a bunch sprint and our Vaitkus came in ninth. We were rolling really fast during the last fifty kilometers and the atmosphere was very tense in the pack, which caused a couple of crashes.”2nd stage (199 km): 1st Henderson (NZl/Sky) 5:00:56, 2nd Harley (Aus/HTC-Highroad), 3. Galimzjanov (Rus/Katusha), 4th Haussler (Aus/Cervélo), 5th P. Sagan (Svk/Liquigas), … 29th Roman Kreuziger (Cze/Astana). Overall : 1st De Gendt (Bel/Vacansoleil) 9:05:48, 2nd Henderson +4, 3rd Roy (Fra/FDJ) +7, 4th Harley, 5th Gallopin (Fra/Cofidis) both +8, … 25th Roman Kreuziger +14.