In the longest stage of the Tour de France, the sprinters reigned supreme again. From Montargis to Gueugnon, it was a fairly peaceful 200km+ ride. In the end, Mark Cavendish again showed how powerful his sprinting is, and how good of a leadout man Mark Renshaw is. Thor Hushovd stayed in the green jersey, and stands to retain it for some time, as the sprinters are about to get smacked between the eyes.
It’s an interesting phenomenon in the Tour. Almost nobody who rides the Tour is a general classification (GC) rider. They’re either sprinters or mountain riders. Well, the sprinters have had their fun in the sun. It’s time for the mountain riders, as we turn to the Alps tomorrow with a mildly easy mountain stage. The GC guys can’t sprint, but always finish with the lead pack on flat stages. They will challenge the Alps tomorrow, creating huge time gaps for them over the sprinters. My favorite part of the tour has begun. First the Alps, then they Pyrenees. Time to settle on who’s the best.