This is a long stage (218km) because we wanted to be able to reach Lyon in three days. The finish should suit the sprinters. But it will all depend on what ambitions everyone has now? The idea that Quick Step, Orica-GreenEdge and Lotto will shackle the whole peloton in order to set up Cavendish, Goss and Greipel can't be excluded, and this scenario will automatically suit the team that has the yellow jersey. I would prefer to see some attacks, some movement... Contrary to a perceived idea, the Sky riders do have weaknesses. At the Olympic Games, they exhausted themselves on the front of the peloton chasing behind everyone. That should make everyone else believe they should never give up. Last year's winners will not necessarily be this year's winners.
Another well deserved win, to a brilliant rider and a great guy, and one who just hasn't had a lot of luck in recent years. Great rides from Froome and Porte too, I'm hoping Porte can make up some time and get back into the top 20 before Paris, but we'll see. Quintana losing quite a bit of time which neutralises some of the threat he can pose to Froome, which will make his job a bit easier.
Could this be the start of a beautiful man crush? I think so...
But anyway, this will be another bunch sprint obviously, and I'm just going to be quiet today. I'm not going to jinx anything. Never give up.
It's worth noting there are two 90 degree right hand bends in the final kilometre.
A few useful links
In the fantasy league Mike`s Men - no Fro by mikewingrave clings desperately onto the top spot, but surely his days are numbered? Time to do some crashing ain't going anywhere quickly, especially away from the bottom of the loser league..
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/riis-we-are-not-giving-up-on-tour-de-france-victory - the first comment says it all for me: "I remember when Contador beat Cancellara in the 2009 TdF time trial"
Got some friends who don't quite understand the tour? Show them this.
And I'll just leave you all with this, which has a few very interesting points to make about Cav, and a few other riders.