Once again kudos to Killing Spree for today’s headline. He is on fire. I guess after 12 years of rubbish teams he had to find a new way to get a mention in the report.
Whilst the racing in a TT is not that exciting, watching the clock certainly was. At least until I fell asleep. But luckily I recorded so caught up on the excitement this morning. Thomas de Ghent laid down a great time early on, so was in the hot seat for a couple of hours watching TT specialists come and go. His time was looking to maybe get challenged by this years revelation Wout van Aert, until he clipped a barrier and unfortunately slashed his thigh open. It was an horrific crash, and spelled the end of the Tour for van Aert. It took an hour to stitch him up in hospital. De Ghent’s time was nearly challenged by Richie Porte, who had a good ride, putting time into a number of his opponents. He moved into 15th place, but really needs to do something now in the mountains to challenge for the top 10. Thibault Pinot did a great time to keep himself in the hunt for a podium. But all eyes were on the battle between Thomas and Alaphilippe and by how much Thomas would win by, and how much would Lulu save the yellow jersey by. But the course really suited the Frenchman, especially with some tricky descents that played to his strengths. Thomas was strong, but with the extra couple of percent that the yellow jersey gives you, Alaphilippe won by 14 seconds, to extend his lead in the tour to 1:28.
This was the first French TT win since I am going to guess Laurent Fignon in the early 90s. The commentators were say Lean-Francois Bernard but I think it might have been Fignon. Either way that is 25+ years ago since a Frenchman won a TT in the Tour!
Of course Tommo and Macca, and every French journo, are now giving Lulu a chance to win the tour. Sorry Macca, I object to you using the words “our expert opinion” when referring to Tommo. I don’t believe Alaphilippe will be in Yellow after tonight’s stage. Although I did not think he could win the TT, but I think the Tourmalet will be a step too far. At least I am in good company. Robbie agreed with me about the TT and Alaphilippe holding on to yellow. So we can both be wrong together.
No change at the top of the table with yesterdays top 3 just holding on. It is close at the top though with the top 6 all within 80 points. Big mover into the top 20 was Snicko 4, to give him a two pronged attack, with Alaphilippe and Buchmann in his team. Some big movers overnight but today’s mention goes to Team LJ. Puffy is making another bid for the basement but Fat Lasses at the back 1, an appropriate name for the Lantern Rouge, held on by a single point.