5. Nibali versus Froome: FIGHT!
This is really news from yesterday, but apparently Vincenzo Nibali thought Chris Froome was responsible for causing the crash that brought him down near the finish yesterday, and piffed a bidon at him. It was all a big misunderstanding, of course, and the two later hugged it out by the team buses, but it does make you think.
For me, that thought was “Nibali would beat the shit out of Froome in a fist fight”.
Although it might look like this:
Nacer Bouhanni would be disgusted.
4. Another day of chateaux and chapels
Beautiful, but uneventful. Normandy and Bretagne. Such charming. Chalk up another win for the French Tourism Board.
3. No yellow jersey
What with Tony Martin snapping his collarbone like a twig yesterday and going home to have it bolted back together, there was no yellow jersey in the race today. Everyone knew it was Chris Froome, though. Luckily it was a day for the sprinters so Froome was able to whistle along pretending the race lead had nothing to do with him.
2. Who’s in charge?
Etixx-Quickstep and Lotto-Soudal have both lost key riders from their leadouts (Tony Martin and Greg Henderson respectively) and both teams looked a little rattled in the run into the finish. Lotto-Soudal had done a job of work (#sherliggettisms #drink) all afternoon, and eventually Giant-Alpecin came to the front for John Degenkolb’s moustache.
Another slightly dodgy leadout from Etixx-Quickstep, but it didn’t matter in the end, because…
1. Cav’s in charge!
Finally the Manx Missile managed to grab his first stage win of this Tour, with a cunning sprint up the inside to come past Andre Greipel, Peter Sagan (another podium for Oleg to savour) and John Degenkolb.
Cav lost Mark Renshaw’s wheel again, but found Alexander Kristoff’s enormous slipstream instead. When Greipel opened his sprint, Cav jumped across onto his wheel, timed his sprint late and ducked underneath to take it on the line.
Another win for Etixx-Quickstep. Cav’s 26th career Tour stage win inches him closer to second-place on the all-time list (Bernard Hinault has 28).