The English adventure is over. The Tour reaches French soil with a stage which will take the peloton from Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille. Truth be told, I think the sprinters will manage to lock down the race. This is one of the trends in modern cycling, even if we, as the organisers, would rather see more hectic racing. Nevertheless, riders at the top of the general classification will have to pull out all the stops to defend their position, which will determine the place for each team car behind the peloton in the next stage. The importance of this order will become apparent the moment a rider has a mechanical on the 15.4 km of cobblestones.
Another big sprint yesterday, with no one being able to match Kittel. I think all the flat stages are his to lose now, with the only one who possibly has a chance to take them being Sagan. Coquard has been going well but I think is lacking experience, and Greipel just isn't having a good time.
Another great backstage pass by OGE..
Le Grande Ben?
Could see a break get away today, there's already loads of riders over 10 minutes down on the GC. However I'm gonna say Giant-Shimano will chase it down, and Kittel will get another win.
A few useful links
http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/the-weird-and-the-wonderful-gallery-21-days-of-tour-tech-41643/ - dropper posts, hoodless shifters, lead weights, and those awesome bottle gilets
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/shoulder-surgery-for-cavendish-after-tour-de-france-crash - nasty, really hope he heals up soon
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/gallery-crowds-swarm-stage-3-at-the-tour-de-france - 5 million over 3 stages!
3rd time's the charm