Last night we got two races in one. The sprint for stage honours and then 15 minutes later the battle for time on the GC. I was hoping Stuyven could hang on for the win, but he came 200m short as it was obvious the first over the top of the last climb would get line honours. People who count their chickens before they are hatched, act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately, and so it was as Omar Fraile caught Stuyven just before the crest and swooped to victory. Alaphilippe left his charge a bit too late to close the gap and had to settle for 2nd place ahead of Styven. In the GC there were some tests, but in the end the only attack that stuck was that from 4th place Primoz Roglic who jumped away to gain a few seconds on Big Tom, Froomey and G. If the top four stay the same after the Pyrenees it should make the final TT interesting as all four can time trial.
Another dull day in the comp with consolodation the key. Sicknote 3 holds on to top spot with a gain of 30 points for having G in yellow. Sam Green Machine jumps over Heartthrobs09 thanks to Alaphilippe. The bottom 10 did not move, with Il Papa keeping the Lantern Rouge. Big mover today was The Evil Pony, up 73 places into mid table mediocrity.