Cannondale plays dot potato at Le Tour

    Yesterday VeloNews somehow managed to get better quotes than us from Taylor Phinney. Today they won the headline game. Caley Fretz covers Nate Brown’s dreamy Tour de France start.

    No nude hotel meeting, no grand plan, just an opportunity seized and strength displayed as Cannondale-Drapac tossed its polka dot jersey between two Tour-rookie teammates on Monday, off Taylor Phinney’s shoulders and onto Nate Brown’s.

    “I’m on Cloud Nine,” Brown said, rolling slowly back to his team bus after the podium ceremony. To stand on the podium just three days into his first Tour is “a dream come true,” he said. “I would never have dreamt in a million years I’d be the polka dot jersey at the Tour de France.”

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