Tour de France - Kiwi in polka dot jersey
Kiwi pro cyclists Dion Smith had a historic day on the roads in stage 2 of the Tour de France. Smith slipped into the breakaway and was looking for the points of the mountain in the only listed climb of the day.
At the same time, the New Zealander seized the polka dot jersey, the first ever distinctive jersey for not only New Zealand but also team Wanty-Groupe Gobert in the biggest cycling event in the world.
The massive sprint was however inevitable in the streets of La Roche-sur-Yon. The final package was disrupted by a fall.
"It was really special to get on the podium at the Tour. I think I'm only the third New Zealander to do it." said Smith. "I'm really proud of it, especially since I'm the first kiwi to wear the polka dot jersey. Representing Wanty-Groupe Gobert and my country this way is fantastic. The plan is to give everything for the shirt. After taking the mountain point, I saved myself for the next few days. The team time is very important for our leader Guillaume Martin. We want to limit the breakage. Tomorrow, I should stay in the polka dot jersey and I will do everything to keep the jersey in the following days. "
Credit Wanty-Groupe Gobert