Today is Bastille day in France. Nearly the entire country shuts down to celebrate. The American Team (of which there are 4 in this year’s Tour), spoiled it for them however. On Bastille Day it is a great honor for a Frenchman to get a stage win. That means breakaways. But in the break that got clear there was no Frenchman in it. Then at one point two Frenchmen joined the break. It did not matter as The Shack took the stage on another HOT day. Apparently global warming is only in France.
Today was a transition stage away from the Alps, and gourmet cheeses, and back into sprinter land. The next few days there will be sprint points to be had as the riders make their way to the southern part of the country–which means more heat! There is quite a battle going on for the intermediate sprint points. Ale-Jet is now challenging The God of Thunder, and is now only a few points behind. Robbie McEwen is hanging in there at third. What of Cavendish? He is looking for stage wins pure and simple.
Today was really an ho-hum day. Nobody was looking to challenge anybody else after the two hard days in the alps.
Contador and Schleck are looking to the Pyrenees, where I think Contador will deal a death blow to the affable Schleck.
Saxo Bank controlled the peloton today–as is the custom when the team has the yellow. So, the break got away and those in the break had no real chance of being a contender for the GC. So, they are allowed to escape.
Since nothing really interesting happened today, pice will be our guide, and the video wrap of the day will appear at the end of the post. Enjoy: