Look at that profile – it screams last sprint opportunity until Paris doesn’t it? And that’s just what will be on the sprint teams’ minds as they swoop out of the Massif Central and into the Rhone Valley for the finish at Valence. But it’s not a nailed-on certainty. This is not the first week and we’re sure to see many riders trying to make this a perfect breakaway day. Continue reading
After three days of high Pyrenean high-jinks for the GC and breakaway bandits, today should see the action swing back towards the sprinters and green jersey contenders.
Reports of Mark Cavendish‘s demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated, with the Etixx-Quick Step sprinter roaring back to end his two-year winless streak at the Tour de France. The Manxman timed his move out of the slipstream of Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) perfectly, eventually crossing the line with a healthy margin of victory. Ever the bridesmaid (or perhaps the flower girl?), Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) finished third.