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Yea verily did the forces of Sky launch their assault and did smote their enemies. There endeth the aspirations of many a pretender including Rigoberto Uran, Adam Yates, Alejandro Valverde, Mikel Landa, Ilnur Zakarin and Bauke Mollema.
Defeat looks like this (Ilnur Zakarin)…
It helps to have the strongest team in the peleton. It helps even more when other riders – I’m looking at you Dan Martin – pace the race favourite away from his rivals, and beggars belief when those rivals simply inflict damage on each other.
Victory looks like this (Geraint Thomas)…
At the end of an explosive short stage, won by Geraint Thomas, the contenders for the overall seem trimmed down to but three – Thomas, Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin. A second tier of Vincenzo Nibali, Primoz Roglic, Nairo Quintana and Steven Kruijswijk have – like Monty Python’s Black Knight – suffered just a scratch, but I fear for them on the next stage.
Movistar’s triple threat loomed large for about ten minutes but Valverde’s attack simply consumed his own chances as well as putting Landa under pressure. As the Movistar leadership resolved itself, the Sky leadership bears more resemblance each day to the Coalition Party Room (feel free to allocate roles in whatever way suits your politics and rider favouritism).
The short duration and speed put paid too, to the Tours of Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and Mark Renshaw as they missed the time cut and are heading home.
Geraint’s success was tracked by his tipping namesake Tom Thomas (Glynis Stokes) and the Thom Toms who teamed G with other animators Tom Dumoulin and Dan Martin for a narrow stage victory.
Bosso Bazzo took the lead in mountain tipping while other categories remain unchanged, including Garcon Rapide’s (Noah Bruce) continued possession of the highlighter jaune.
We hope you enjoyed your later-than-your-used-to update on le tipping today. Tomorrow’s update has every chance of being delivered even later in the day. It will be another arduous stage in the Alpes featuring three legendary climbs of the Tour – the Madeleine, the Croix-de-Fer and finishing on the most famous of them all: L’Aple d’Huez.
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