Tradition dictates that this post be written upside down, to avoid bad luck.
1. Greg van Bridesmaid-no-more!
It was a metaphysical riddle, the proverbial ‘will a falling cat with vegemite toast on its back spin in space forever?’
The two men who’ve had more near-victories and agonising podiums than pasta dinners, in a two-up sprint for the win.
Could both of them lose?
Sagan had the perfect sit on Greg van Avermaet’s wheel, having closed him down on the final stretches of the small climb to Rodez. By rights, the Slovak should’ve been the faster, the favourite to win.
In reality, the Belgian – who was on the podium at Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders, Strade Bianche and 5th at Amstel Gold in this season alone – had enough to hold on, somehow, for his first individual Tour stage win.
That’s him disqualified from the maillot demoiselle d’honneur, then. Sagan’s lead is extended.
2. Tinkov reacts.
Come on, this is pretty funny.
i fucking crashed my Bang&Olufsen TV set. the team was working hard, he was well positioned, but…no karma https://t.co/688dlG0ce2
— Oleg Tinkov (@olegtinkov) July 17, 2015
3. Haas shows his class
Nathan Haas, in his first tour, has bounced back after spending the first week of the race with, err, gastro-intestinal problems.
He was in the good break last night, and even gave it a bit of a fright with a late-ish solo attack. Perhaps not the best idea in hindsight, given that he was probably the quickest in the group and they almost got to the finish (he’d cooked himself and couldn’t follow).
Still, I love the guy’s attitude. He’s not one of those cardboard cut-out athletes with no personality or interests on display. And just look at those soulful emo eyes of his…
It took him a season or two to settle into the World Tour, but he looks like he belongs at this level now.
4. JC shows his arse
A nasty crash for JC Peraud, and it damn near ripped his brown shorts right off him.
I was watching the cricket at the time (it’s not every day an Australian batsman scores a double century at Lords, in fact it hasn’t happened since 1938) and I missed it.
Judging from all the kerfuffle on Twitter it was quite the illicit thrill for a few sickos in the TV audience. People, the man is hurt! Stop perving at his junk!
JC looked in quite a lot of pain as he rolled across the finish. Hope he’s OK.
5. GC stalemate
Move along, nothing to see here.