Another exciting week of racing has gone by and we’ve seen the usual suspects shine in their race to Paris. As expected, Chris Froome is in the lead and Peter Sagan holds the points for the green jersey title.
The most exciting racing was perhaps yesterday’s stage as Chris Froome cemented his dominance in the battle to the top of Mont Ventoux with his lead over his nearest rival, Bauke Mollema now extending to 4’14’’.
And let’s not forget Stage 13 and the echelons that formed in the cross winds on the road to Saint-Amand-Montrond. Bauke Mollema (Belkin) and Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) were able to put more than a minute into Chris Froome’s (Team Sky) overall lead. This was cycling at it’s best.
Alberto Contador’s tour has gone well in his comeback after suspension holding 3rd place in the overall standings, showing that he is back in form.
The majestic views of Mont St Michele were the backdrop to the Stage 11 finish in which Tony Martin dominated this Individual Time Trial Event. A nail-biting wait saw him watching till the last competitor crossed the line to seal his victory. Waiting for Chris Froome to cross the line must’ve been the longest moments of Martin’s life!
Stage 12 saw another exciting sprint to the finish line. What we are seeing this year is a survival sprint at the end of a lot of stages as riders fight to stay upright amid crashes right near the line.
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