So close yet so far! Poor Jack Bauer and Martin got caught ON the finish line today at the Tour de France. After 222km in the breakaway they main field timed it just right and rolled over them at the last possible minute. Bauer was visibly distraught after the stage finish with teammates trying to console him. It was a heroic effort but not meant to be.
Todays stage was fraught with cross winds and rain and it made for hectic conditions in the main field. The teams lined their men up in the closing kilometers and brought the sprinters up to ideal position. Alexander once again got the better of Peter Sagan on the line. This is 2nd stage win at this years Tour. Sagan was quoted in the press as saying he's doing his best to win. My pet theory is that what we're witnessing with Peter Sagan is a man transitioning from sprinter to stage race rider.
Tomorrow is a rest day and it will be an opportunity, once again, for the teams to gather and assess their position and how they're going to handle the final week of racing. Vincenzo has a better than average chance of carrying the yellow jersey all the way to Paris. There is still several mountainous stages and a 54km time trial standing between and then final parade into Paris. is a better than average time trialist and on his day is also pretty good. I can't comment in an educated way about the two french-men Pinot and . Thus far they have themselves well in the mountains but, I don't know what kind of time they are.
The last week is going to be exciting and full of great racing! still has to be alert and his team will be on patrol to keep an eye on any would be party spoilers. I think its fair to say that it is STILL not a foregone conclusion that will win. The esteemed editor of magazine has predicted that will find his way to the podium in this final week. I think that possible to see a shake-up within the top 5 positions.
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