Image of the day: Stage 9

This image sums up Chris Froome‘s valiant defensive ride on Sunday’s stage nine, as he attentively tracks Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde, who is in turn being pulled along by teammate Ruben Plaza. Sky’s team leader never let Valverde out of his sight all day.

Image: ASO

Froome (in yellow) pays close attention to Movistar’s Ruben Plaza (front) and Alejandro Valverde (middle) (Image: ASO)

Orica-GreenEDGE rocks!

Orica-GreenEDGE cultivate an image of being a bunch of fun-loving fellas who play as hard as they ride – the sort of guys who would park their bus on a finish line, for instance – and this latest video set to the tune of AC/DC’s You Shook Me All Night Long is exactly the sort of thing you could never see Dave Brailsford sanctioning.

It features riders and staff from both the men’s team and the Orica-AIS women’s squad – including Simon Gerrans and Daryl Impey, resplendent in their Tour de France yellow jerseys. Plus, watch out for fleeting cameo appearances by reigning world champion Philippe Gilbert and one Eddy Merckx. Honestly, I’m not joking. #OGErocks

And, in case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past year and this has somehow escaped your attention, here’s a link to the team’s version of Call Me Maybe: