This is something new to the Blog. During the Tour de France I will be following Team Sky and Jakob Fuglsang on their way through France. After each stage I hope to write a few sentences about what happened in general, and what happened specifically to Fuglsang and Sky. Let’s begin.
Today’s stage was not one we all looked forward to – it was a simple flat stage, and the only Mountain point was given out after few kilometers. Prior to the stage we heard Maxime Bouet had left the race, along with Jurgen Van den Broeck. During the stage we saw Nacer Bouhanni struggling, and he abandoned the race; along with a Swedish rider, who I’ll mention in the Fuglsang-section. The real action today was in the last 30 kilometers, primarily when Mark Cavendish crashed. It came as a shock to me, ’cause we didn’t hear of it until after he was back on his bike. He also had trouble in a roundabout, when cars weren’t paying attention. Cavendish had to work hard to get back to the front, but he did get back. In the Mass/Bunch sprint Cavendish was not lucky, his rivals Lotto-Belisol rode perfectly and got Greipel a great win. Cavendish was mad after the stage, perhaps due to the aforementioned problems – but I also saw a Lotto-Belisol Domestique blocking Cavendish in the bunch sprint. An angry Cavendish, that says it all today. Note that they created a gap in the bunch sprint.
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First note, Edvald Boasson Hagen is now second in the race, 3 seconds behind the New Yellow Jersey, Daryl Impey. Sky didn’t do a lot today, other than keep Froome and Porte safe in front of the Peloton. Geraint Thomas was back in front of the Peloton, a great sight to see – impressive. Nothing real important to report for Sky today, other than the fact that Edvald is dangerously close to a Yellow Jersey Sky don’t want to defend just yet. If Impey doesn’t perform tomorrow, Edvald is in the Maillot Jaune.
Jakob lost the same seconds that Froome, Contador and Evans did – so no real problem there. The real problem for Jakob was his teammates. Andrey Kashechkin left the Tour on the Second Stage, and today Frederik Kessiakoff left the Tour as well. Not only is Jakob losing two teammates, he might lose the strongest Domestique he has, in Janez Brajkovic. Janez was injured severely at the end of the race, and lost a lot of seconds, thus solidifying Jakob as the real Astana Captain. Jakob Fuglsang, it’s almost all up to you. It is presumed that Janez will leave the Tour.
Daryl Impey is the new Maillot Jaune after Simon Gerrans almost handed it to him, he has 3 seconds to Edvald Boasson Hagen and 5 seconds to the real favourites. Orica GreenEDGE are still the best team, Pierre Rolland is still in the Polka Dot Jersey and Michal Kwiatkowski is still in the White Youth Jersey. Peter Sagan keeps the Green jersey, now with 159 points, but Greipel(130) and Cavendish (119) are still chasing him. The Tour will tomorrow be more exciting, and it’ll be interesting if Cavendish is ready for a potential bunch sprint tomorrow.
See you tomorrow
– I’m Jeffrey Rex.