Adam Hansen is past winner of the Crocodile Trophy. He's one tough dude.
8K to go. Roche (AG2R), Kloden (RSNT), and LL Sanchez (RAB) trying to bridge to the leaders.
Kloden, Roche and Luis Leon Sanchez separated from the peloton and chasing.
Sprinkles coming down. And I don't mean a teammate of Cuddles or Nibbles has crashed. I'm talking about precipitation.
Leaders are Hansen (Lotto), Vino, and Paolini (Katusha). Rain might help keep them clear.
Peloton (all 147 riders left) single file now.
Liquigas chasing. Roche might be looking to edge a bit close to the top 10. He sits in 11th, a bit over a minute down on the young French phenom Thibault Pinot.
3 chasers have joined the 3 leaders!!
Watch that road furniture.
O my. I just saw a shot of Voekler... That kit is scary.
Voeckler finally has the polka dot bibs on.
Posted Vino's pro bike this morning. His integrated FSA bars say "Forever Vino" on them.
Cav is up there. Sky moving up in the field.
@Caley, whether he wants to be Vino or not.
Caley, of course they do.
We think it should say "In Vino, veritas" just for the excellent irony.
Roche not looking like he's riding with much haste.
This could get ugly. Never a great thing when the peloton catches a breakaway on narrow streets, in the rain.
A steep little climb coming, then a quick drop into 2km to go.
As I said earlier, there is a nasty left hand corner at about 1300m. Downhill, narrows as it goes under a bridge. Will be nasty if wet.
Vino has been dropped briefly.
Wiggins smart to stay in the top 5 right now. Garmin on the front.
Now Garmin on the front of the peloton.
Taking the turns very very cautiously.
Wiggins is ON the front now.
Wiggins is leading out Cav!
Looking to double his total time in the wind for this Tour from 90 seconds to a full 3 minutes.
Boassen Hagen is next in line.