In fact, this break staying away may be a boon for Goss. Without a break up the road we'd see a blistering pace for the peloton in the final K's, more likely to end in a Sagan win. Without a win ahead of them, the pace up the climb should be a bit slower, perhaps keeping the Australian in the mix.
Dennis, that's a brand new copy of "Slaying the Badger" by Richard Moore.
From LeTour.fr: Peraud, Millar, Kiserlovski, Martinez and Gautier are inside the final 12km. They are doing fairly even turns of pace and there hasn't been any sign of an attack as yet.
Hot, nearly 30C, 86F. Breezy.
@Tim Farnham Exactly right. He's not going to win a sprint against... anyone, really.
Man, as a bike racer, this is what you live for, being one of these five guys. So many nerves in a spot like this.
A well-timed counter is what he needs. Probably doesn't have the kick to get away unless he has a bit of surprise on his side. But once free, Peraud is likely the only one who can TT as well.
The Garmin guys are still surprisingly upbeat, chatty every morning and still smiling after the stage. I suppose it's because they are under little pressure at this point. As their PR woman Marya Pongrace told me this morning, "What else can we do? You take what comes, and just keep moving. The guys are just enjoying the racing."
Martinez makes the first move, Millar chases it down
I'd be betting my sandals on Millar riding off the front any second now.
Kiserlovski (Astana) has attacked
Well... Kiserlovski upped the pace. Not quite an attack, eh?
Let the cat and mouse begin! 3km to go, and it's all tactics. Tense.
Kiserlovski goes again. Millar covering.
Gautier hasn't seen the wind yet in the finale. Coy.
Millar has been the first to jump on most of these moves. Shows good legs.
Peraud and Millar have gone clear
They have ~5 seconds, maybe more
It's slightly uphill to the finish line
The trio behind is chasing together
Millar and Peraud are not two guys you want to be chasing in a TTT. But if they start playing around...
Millar spending a lot of time on the front
Finally Peraud pulls through
Under the 1km to go kite...
Kiserlovski jumping from chasing three riders
Kiserlovski went nowhere!
Three behind all know if they pull the rest across, they lose.
If Millar and Peraud play cat and mouse, they'll be caught by the three
Millar looks confident that he can win this from the front