OK, let’s be honest here, I obviously don’t have a clue about cycling. Apologies to Tommo and Macca for doubting their expert opinions. Who would have thought that Alaphilippe would not only hang on to yellow, but put time into Thomas as well. The only thing I seem to have got right so far this tour, is my statement that it is going to be the year of the French. Especially with Pinot taking the stage last night, and Alaphilippe taking 2nd place and putting another 30 seconds into G. It has been the best Tour for the French in decades already, and we are not finished yet!

It was a bad afternoon for many GC contenders. My pick Bardet lost 20 minutes, all he has left now is stage wins, if he even stays in the tour. Adam Yates lost nearly 7 minutes, Richie Porte lost a mere 2 minutes, but with his other loses his push for the podium is over. Kruijswijk is looking good right now, as he is in the box seat if Thomas cracks. I expect some more fireworks tonight.

Another day of no change at the top with Italian Chris, TMV4 and Snicko 5 maintaining the status quo. Big mover into the top 20 was Cat Six 2 up 16 to beak into the top 20. Last nights big mover was Nice Package, up 65 places. Puffy is back to his best and has taken the Lantern Rouge spot again. Killing spree gets credit for today’s headline again.