This stage was not really one I was looking forward to, but Movistar changed that completely. After Kennaugh crashed, Movistar took the lead of the Peloton and punished Sky all day – leading to Porte losing over 10 minutes and Froome being isolated all day. But as Brian Holm has said, it looked more like a race for second place – and that’s because Saxo-Tinkoff didn’t do much; even though Danish TV would like you to think so. In the end it was a strong two man breakaway that fought for the win, unfortunately resulting in our own Jakob Fuglsang being put in second place by Dan Martin.
Sky Pro Cycling
This was a really tough day for Sky, not only was Froome isolated – but Kennaugh crashed, Porte lost his GC placement and Kiryienka was thrown out due to the time limit. This was tough, but through it all Froome was ready. Before the rest day they look shaken, but not broken or bent.
Astana actually had a helper for Fuglsang today. Alexey Lutsenko was really good, but in the end it took a Fuglsang attack/breakaway to make us all very excited. Jakob was second on the stage, but deserved to win due to his many leads in the breakaway. Jakob went from 17. GC placement to 12. GC Placement. A nice jump for Jakob.
– Froome remains in the Yellow Jersey.
– Quintana remains in the White Jersey.
– Rolland now owns the Polka Dot Jersey.
– Sagan remains in the Green Jersey.