OPQS, Lotto, Argos and Sky all have riders up front. No Orica or Cannondale. Froome sits about 20 wheels back. The first forty or so riders are strung out in a long line, with a big bunch at the back end.
The aero road helmets are back, of course. Sky is wearing its Kask Infinity lids, which feature a sliding panel to open or close a set of front vents.
The Lotto leadout is in their solid Lazer helmets with a shiny, metallic surface. Greipel is in his standard Lazer Helium, though.
Tony Martin is back at the cars, filling his jersey with bottles once again.
75km to go, gap is down to 4'32".
70km to go and the gap has risen slightly, back up to 4'40"
Greipel back at the car, grabbing bottles. Bit odd, but I suppose it's the least he can do for the guys who are working for him all day.
His domestique skills could use some work. He fit maybe 4 or 5 bottles in his jersey, while the Europcar rider nearby had at least 15 stuffed down there.
Is the 2013 Tour the return of the 'stache? Degenkolb, Cousin, Serpa, Delaplace... all rocking the lip sweater.
French TV did a 15 minute piece on Cousin and his mustache after yesterday's stage. They have cameras in the Europcar rooms, grab some shots of him deciding whether or not to shave it off. All very funny in a very French sort of way.
We're at 58.4km to go, gap is 3'07". The sprint point comes at 52km to go.
From LeTour.fr: 14 riders from Tour of 2005 in the peloton today
The last time that a stage of the Tour de France finished in Tours was in 2005. LeTour.fr has just compared the peloton from eight years ago with that of today and only 14 riders from that stage, won by Tom Boonen, are still racing the Tour today. Third place in 2005 was Stuart O'Grady who is riding his 17th successive Tour this year.
The others who were present in 2005 and today are: Quinziato (who was 16th in Tours in 2005), Flecha (17th), Kloden (33rd), Voigt (49th), Gilbert (55th), Valverde (67th), Rogers (90th), Chavanel (102nd), Contador (113rd), Evans (117th), Voeckler (141st), Gerrans (142nd) and Albasini (188th).
Breakaway rider Manuele Mori is in his first Tour de France. He rode the Vuelta a España twice (2010, 2011) and the Giro d'Italia four times (2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009). His only UCI win of his career was in 2007 when he won the one day race Japan Cup.
5km to the sprint point for the peloton.
Cannondale is moving Sagan up the right side. 4km to the sprint point.
Three Cannondale, two Omega, and a handful of Lotto riders all up front, ready for the sprint.
Flecha goes for the sprint out of the break.
But it's too early. Gavazzi takes it. (Corrected)
Gavazzi, Flecha, Mori in the intermediate sprint.
The leadout has begun in the bunch.
Cav and Greipel cross the line together, Sagan was pinched over the right side by Danny Van Poppel (Vacansoleil) and is not pleased about it.
Looks like Cav took maximum points out of the bunch, followed by Greipel and Van Poppel.
Full results of intermediate sprint:
1. Gavazzi (AST) 20pts
2. Flecha (VCD) 17pts
3. Mori (LAM) 15pts
4. Delaplace (SOJ) 13pts
5. Sicard (EUS) 11pts
6. Cavendish (OPQ) 10pts - at 2'25"
7. Greipel (LTB) 9pts
8. Sagan (CAN) 8pts
9. Boeckmans (VCD) 7pts
10. Henderson (LTB) 6pts
11. Steegmans (OPQ) 5pts
12. Roelandts (LTB) 4pts
13. Lopez (SKY) 3pts
14. Kennaugh (SKY) 2pts
15. Paulinho (TST) 1pt
Lots of animated farm sculptures this Tour. That one had a hay bale bicycle with rings of people spinning in circles representing the wheels. Creative!
43km to go, gap is down to 2'29"
Hello everyone. This much we know: two tight turns in the final KM. Will be a danger for everyone, not just those in the sprint mix.