Kathi, Midge, Luke and Euan fire up Tour de France mission control at VeloVoices Towers and pull apart a cracking week of racing. We look at Pog v Jonas, who’s the best and what they heck are their tactics all about? Are Ineos a new brighter presence in the peloton or a second rate Movistar? A cunning plan to get David Gaudu onto the podium and an in-depth retrospective of Rui Costa‘s last Tour de France win.
Today’s cracking stage proves that long descents can be just as exciting as long ascents. Omar Fraile (Team Dimension Data) won the stage after a spectacular breakaway effort which saw him regularly pinging off the front only to be pulled back again. But his persistence paid off. Attacked over the final climb, he had enough left in the legs to win the four-man sprint for the finish. The GC remains largely unchanged with Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) still wearing the maglia rosa. Messrs Thomas, Kruijswijk and van Garderen had another bad day at the office, and lost further time.