We are not going to hide our feeling of satisfaction: this is the kind of stage we've been looking for for years! It's simple: there's not a single metre of flat, which means the peloton will get very stretched out, presenting the very real possibility of splits occurring. Let this be a warning to any team leaders who might mistakenly believe they can ride towards the back of the field? especially as, at 145km, this stage is very short! It will give the puncheurs plenty to conjure with. Thinking about just the French riders of that type, I can imagine Voeckler and Chavanel will be itching to get going... Whatever happens, at the finish we will know the names of those riders who can't win this Tour.
Yesterday was fantastic - not the winner I wanted, or who I predicted, but he definitely deserved it.
Today? Not sure. Would like to say Sagan. Reckon a decent break will go, but think the GC riders will want to pile the pressure on, and with the time gaps being so tiny no one will want the break to stay away. Think it might end up being similar today, and I'm pretty sure the yellow jersey will be on someone else's shoulders by the end of it.
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The Hounds of Zaroff by Ceri jumps to the front in the Fantasy league, with Death Race by Sam Jones first place in the loser league..