Yes, this will be his last one.
This is interesting, the Tour directors (ASO) are flying the GC top 20 to the start of tomorrow via helicopter. Leaving right after the finish today. Liquigas asked to rent a helicopter to fly Sagan as well. ASO told them that Sagan was to travel in the group with the rest of his team.
Here's a good example of how human these guys are, they still want their grandma's at the race. From letour.fr: Hansen in the escape today...
The Australian rider in today's escape is Adam Hansen. His mother, Gelma, flew over to France to see the Tour and was on hand to see the third victory by her son's team-mate André Greipel. But, two days later, she slipped over and broke her ankle. "I'll be operated on in Toulouse hospital," she told LeTour.fr two days ago, "but hopefully I'll be in Paris to see the final stage... but I'll be using crutches."
Riders in the break are starting to come into view of the first of the final two Cat. 4 climbs. The sprinters will be doing quite the "happy dance," after this second Cat.4 is out of the way.
That was Cav yesterday on twitter.
Tejas Wheels, that's not the case for everyone. In some cases riders' families don't join until the final day. It can be a distraction for some. Voekler's family has been following the entire tour, though. In an RV. I can't make this up.
Good day from today's finish town, Brive la Gaillarde. We drove here via the hors course (the off-race route) but even so it's obvious that the topography around here will make for anything but a flat, easy day.
Morning/afternoon/evening Caley. What time is it there?
15:20. The guys are hauling today, though. We were on the autoroute the entire time and still only beat them by about 90 minutes.
Average speed for the day is nearly 45kph. Which is partly why the field has not let the break roll. They can feel the tailwind, and know it would be tough to close a large gap.
Looked like a black New Foundland. Beautiful big dog.
I'm uploading Breakfast with Bernie as we type. He told Matt and I this morning that the team will work for a bunch sprint today. Though Boassen Hagen's presence in the move complicates things a bit.
What timing. Boassen Hagen takes a little dig off the front of the break.
EBH is my favorite for the day. Not sure that this break will actually stick, but he's my favorite for the day. Every domestique should have "his day."
With 40ks and only 1:39, it's highly unlikely that the move will live. That's why we're seeing it begin to attack itself already.
The attitude at the busses this morning was downright jovial, everyone is happy to have the mountains behind them.
Liquigas will lead out Sagan when it comes down to it. Nibali doesn't have the kick that the rest of the sprinters out there do.
Jens Voigt back at the RSNT car getting bottles for everyone. He will be the rider most missed by yours-truly next season.
You might see Vince Nibbles in the leadout train, though. And Wiggins, too. He'll look to repay Cav for hauling all those bottles for the last few weeks.
As far as sponsorship names, there's not a team in the WorldTour that holds a candle to Rabo.
Anyone care to guess what Jens told our own Matt Baudin he would do after he retires?
Just over 20 miles to race
Still a 1:24 lead for the break, but the peloton is chasing hard.