Stage 18: Belluno to Rifugio Panarotta, 171 km
Julian Arredondo all but guaranteed himself the blue jersey with a solo victory atop Rifugio Panarotta ahead of Fabio Duarte. Meanwhile the GC underwent a major reshuffle as Pierre Rolland moved into a podium position and Cadel Evans slipped from third to ninth.
Stage 1: Belfast to Belfast, 21.7km team time trial
Orica-GreenEDGE dominated the opening team time trial stage to put birthday boy Svein Tuft into the maglia rosa. But in front of enthusiastic Belfast crowds, who were undeterred by rain which began to fall shortly after the start, Irish star Dan Martin slid out on the wet roads and was forced to abandon with a collarbone injury.
The Tour de France has packed up for another year but, as always, its conclusion marks the beginning of cycling’s transfer tussles and contract clashes. With the rumour mill grinding, this regular column will try to sort the wheat from the chaff and work out who’ll be where next year. Continue reading