Holy moly! WHAT a mind boggling day of racing on Stage 10 of the Tour de France. It started with the EF Education-Easypost bus getting stuck and ended with EF Pinkies mountain supremo, Magnus Cort, pipping Nick Schultz (Bike-Exchage-Jacvo) in a breathless sprint at Megeve. In between we had a swathe of positive covid tests, the mother of all battles to get the break of the day away, Lennard Kamna (BORA-hangrohe) moving to second on GC after it appeared race leader Tadej Pogacar didn’t want to let the yellow jersey go after all, oh – and a protest by climate change activists that held the race up for several minutes. The day after rest day is NEVER short on drama!
Stage four of the Tour de France saw Wout van Aert and his Jumbo-Visma raiders rip it up on the Cat4 Côte du Cap Blanc-Nez. Their searing attack put everyone on the backfoot – including their teammates- and out of that chaos flew van Aert, riding like the yellow-clad winged messenger of the cycling gods he is. He powered through the next 10km with a solo display of imperiousness, then flew over the finish line, arms outstretched and smile all over his face. Behind him Alpecin-Deceuninck’s Jasper Philipsen celebrated second in the bunch sprint, surely he could not have missed the glorious yellow taking the stage?? Christophe Laporte ensured two Jumbo-Visma on the stage podium. The only change on GC is that Wout now has even more seconds over his rivals.