No real surprise in the stage win, especially with Sagan at home. Michael “Bling” Matthews delivered the stage win he would have been planning on since last October when the route was announced. The only potential spanner in the works would have been Greg van Avermaet, the other expert at these finishes. Their Sunweb and BMC team nullified the race to ensure that the two strong sprinters would battle it out. In the end it went according to the script, and Bling was just a bit too strong, or a bit too hungry and took Sunwebs 2nd stage win in 2 days.
The other drama was Aru lost the yellow back to Froome with the Sky rider sneakily grabbing 7th place in the sprint and getting a gap back to the other riders.
Anyone else tired of Try Hard Tommy Voeckler? I know Robbie seems to be. He loves the camera so much. Always riding at the back where the camera are, sticking his tongue out, dousing himself with water in some kind of Bay Watch manner.
A similar battle is ensuing in the comp with Hearththrobs04 back on top in front of Mrs Spunker. It is looking likely that the same 3 teams will take the rest day prizes on Monday, even though the gaps are closing. Big mover, up 77 places, was Philpy. But he didn’t quite break into the top 100. Dai the Kilt holds onto the Lantern Rouge, although Pussy is making a bid for last spot with his particularly average team.
I forgot to announce the Bastille day prize winners yesterday. The team that scores the most points on Bastille day gets $30, with $20 for 2nd highest and $10 for 3rd highest. Mrs Trab had the most points with 180 so gets the $30, Angry Ted gets the $20 for 2nd spot with 163 points and Stockcarracer Yellow gets the $10 prize for 3rd with 145 points.