On the first summit finish of this year’s Tour de France, Fabio Aru replicated his win at the Italian Nationals, moved into the top three on GC and will wear the polka dot jersey tomorrow. Chris Froome showed he’s still the man to beat and grabbed the maillot jaune from teammate Geraint Thomas while Nairo Quintana, Bauke Mollema and Alberto Contador faltered and lost most precious seconds to their rival. Dan Martin, however, displayed attacking panache to finish second on the stage and he jumped from 15th to 4th in the GC. Simon Yates ended the day in the Young Rider jersey while Arnaud Demare stays in green.
The longest stage of this year’s Tour de France was animated by the usual suspects: Thomas De Gendt, Jan Bakelants and Jens Keukeleire, who did their bit for breakaway fame. The latter pushed and chased and almost got the win, but were outfoxed by the cunning Edvald Boasson Hagen. Taking the shorter route around a roundabout, the Norwegian then took off at 2km and soloed to the line in what was his first win at the Tour in six years. GC classifications didn’t change, nor did any of the jerseys.
Marcel Kittel wins his fifth stage of TDF2017 and his 14th of Tour career. As usual, he timed his sprint to perfection and overtook his opponents with ease. But it was Maciej Bodnar who stole the limelight by attacking from the breakaway group and almost making it to the line … almost. His surge was like a shot of espresso in a quiet (but crash prone) flat stage. All the jerseys stayed on the same shoulders.