Stage 6: Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier, 176.5km
There had been high hopes that the peloton would be blown apart by echelons, causing fans and riders both heartbreak and schadenfreude in equal measure. The Tour-defining echelon splits would then be followed by a bunch sprint with a Mark Cavendish win. Guess what? Only one out of three happened.
South African Daryl Impey has taken over from Orica-GreenEDGE teammate Simon Gerrans as race leader at the Tour de France. He’s the first African rider ever to wear the leader’s jersey at any of the three grand tours.
The 28-year-old is the reigning South African national time trial champion, winning the title for the second time back in February. He has previously won the overall at the Tour of Turkey (2009) – despite being pushed into a barrier by Theo Bos – as well as stages at the Tour of the Basque Country (two) and Bayern-Rundfahrt.
I may have been off being lazy in Mexico, but the racing didn’t let up through June. The Tour de Suisse, the Critérium du Dauphiné and a whole host of national champions’ jerseys changing shoulders around the world have given us a whole lot to get excited about. Then, of course, there was the start of that little race in France. Continue reading