Not exactly a close sprint... But kudos to Vande Velde for initiating that split. He had to get rid of as many tagalongs as possible.
Valiant effort and smart riding by CVV, just a little short in the end
The Brits and the French: owning stages.
'Tis true, Brent. 'Tis true. I can't imagine the pangs of 'what if' that follow a result like that.
Meanwhile, if we go back in time, Christian Knees is leading the bunch into Pau.
I can't imagine that either, and I'm sure he's frustrated but sometimes there is just someone better in the given situation. Christian got in the correct move at the beginning of the stage, then the correct move in the finish. just for those things to happen, the stars have to align
I doubt it. I think we'll see them give over to the guys in the points competition in the final 2km.
doesn't look like it.. appears Cav is even taking his turns at the front to assist his team in keeping things calm for the GC guys
Fedrigo: "It's incredible!"
"There are days when you know something's going to happen."
"I knew I had to wait, I had to wait. Once I launched the last attack, I knew I could go all the way to the finish."
Yes, it was. Many thanks for jumping in with us today, Brent. Hopefully we'll see you in Utah next month. Have a great time in the States while you're here. It's always a pleasure.
Argos is on the front of the bunch ahead of Lotto.
its been fun to join everyone. Have a great Monday
Lotto's on the front of the bunch with Greipel fourth wheel and Sagan fifth, in green.
Greipel's up to second and opens up.
Farrar's there for second behind Greipel in the field sprint, ahead of Sagan.
Good to see Farrar up there, back in the action, even if it's only sprinting for 7th place
Today's top 9, unofficially:
1. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA) FDJ - 3h36'34"
2. Christian Vande Velde (USA) GRS at same time
3. Nicki Sorensen (DEN) STB at 16"
4. Thomas Voeckler (FRA) EUC at 16"
5. Dries Devenyns (BEL) OPQ at 18"
6. Samuel Dumoulin (COF) at 18"
7. André Greipel (GER) LOT
8. Tyler Farrar (USA) GRS
9. Peter Sagan (SLK) LIQ
For our whole team, thanks again for following along. We'll see you in the mountains in a couple of days.