One symbol follows another. After Coëtquidan and Saint-Malo, we will be setting up camp in front of Mont Saint-Michel for another stage that promises to be spectacular. Our countryside will get a tremendous publicity boost if the sun decides to come to the party as well. Mont Saint-Michel is France's second most popular tourist attraction after the Eiffel Tower, and images of it will be broadcast to two billion viewers across the world? All this could almost make us forget that, back on the road, there will a great duel between the rouleurs. As part of the balancing act designed to maintain suspense, we have opted for a shorter time trial than those in recent editions.
Well yesterday gave all the armchair racers something to type furiously about. Pro tip: if you've never raced, don't get involved. And that's not just about the Cav thing, but the whole Sky thing too. Honestly, one day it's "SKY ARE SO STRONG THEY MUST BE DOPING" and literally the next it's "SKY ARE CRAP WHERE'S WIGGO FROOME IS GOING TO LOSE". Just chill... They've got this.
( I'm annoyed cause I wanted Cav to win )
Photos from Stage 10 (not yet live, should be in a hour or so, but I'm going for a ride - sorry!)
Today? Froome to win, Contador, Evans, Porte, Tony Martin to ride good TTs. Chavanel might set a good time too. Schleck to lose time (as always), and I feel Quintana might too. Valverde to be average...? Not sure about him, or the Belkin riders.
Whilst this is a very important day, and people will lose time, I don't think we're going to have a massive shuffle (maybe just a few swaps) of the GC riders - just a widening of the gaps.
A few useful links
Much the same as yesterday, Mike`s Men - no Fro by mikewingrave still number one in the fantasy league, with Time to do some crashing still sitting stubbornly at the bottom of the loser league. Sensing a reshuffling this evening.
http://www.lequipe.fr/explore/clock-hunters/ - a lovely article on the discipline by L'Equipe (in English). Everything you ever wanted to know, plus a whole lot more. Also nice pictures.
http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/robert-millar/the-great-escape - and another great blog from Robert Millar
I know I already posted this, but just in case anyone missed it...