The Tour de France got their first taste of the Pyrennes in this year's competition. The firs part of the stage was relatively flat with just one category 4 climb, but then the peloton was confronted with a cat. 1 up the Col d'Aspen.
There was a large, early breakaway that at one time had 29 riders in it, but it got gradually whittled down to an elite few.
Steve Cummings, DD, who was not picked for the British cycling team to go to Rio, showed the world his ability to read the race and take advantage of timing. He was off the front solo and came in well before second and third placed riders. Vincenzo Nibali, Astana, was expected to overtake all competitors on the steep slopes, but ended finishing off the podium. The TV commentators mused that Nibali's recent victory in the Giro d'Italia may have left him lacking his usual energy.
A new record was set at the start of today's stage. This is the first time on record that all 198 riders who started in Normandy are still with the peloton. Some are riding injured but still enduring.
Another first occurred today as well. This one was not so happy. A spectator is reported to have dislodged one of the pins securing the large, inflatable finish banner. Adam Yates, Orica, was trapped under it and suffered facial injuries needing four stitches. Others about to cross the finish line were also engulfed and delayed. The race jury gave them the same time based on their gap to Nibali's fourth place finish.
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