Never will a rest day have been as well deserved! After the Ventoux, the riders will be able to breathe a little easier for 24 hours in the Vaucluse. It is a short respite, as another series of difficulties await them. This stage, for example: it's only 168km, but this is testing terrain where the Tour has almost been lost in the past. You just have to look at the list of winners in Gap: Vinokourov, Fédrigo, Paulinho, Hushovd? I can also remember an attack made by Contador that messed up the strategy of the Schleck brothers? In short, this is a stage that will favour attacking riders. Some of them may get the opportunity to push themselves back into contention before the time trial...
I'm guessing everyone's watched it already, but here are the highlights anyway. Words don't really cut it - the question isn't if he's going to win this year, but if he's going to win next year, and the year after, and the year after that....
Oh, I've been caught? No worries, I'm just too steezy to care.
Not the only one though
There's also this. Is that a duck?
Hope everyone enjoyed the rest day, I ended up with massive tour withdrawal symptoms, had to go for a ride. And obviously I found a hundred things to share with you all.
Todays stage looks interesting - I think we might have a similar finish that we had during stage 9, i.e. a small break getting away on the final climb and holding it down the otherside to the finish. Or we could have another stage 14, with a big group getting away. I'd love to see Sagan getting involved. I have a feeling someone from the GC is going to have a go. They better save something though, the TT tomorrow isn't easy...
Obviously we can't have a stage that finishes with the descent into gap without someone pulling this footage out, so I figured it might as well be me. Drugs or no drugs, it's sweet.
A few useful links
Ro5ey's Roulers by andy rose back into the top spot in the fantasy league, could this be the winning team? As for the loser league, do I even have to say?
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/quintana-believes-hell-win-the-tour-de-france-within-two-years - think he might win the giro first though
http://www.velominati.com/tradition/riding-ugly-the-spider/ - velominati get involved
http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest/539450/chris-froome-s-pinarello-dogma-65-1.html - interesting emblem on the top tube...
http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/richie-porte/flick-or-be-flicked - insights from Richie Porte. well worth a read
Falling madly in love with OGE
This doesn't work for me, but it might for you
This is quite good
And it's fairly irrelevent, but this site is pretty cool