Four stages to go and I think I am tiring. Struggled today to find inspiration for a headline in the lounge at Heathrow, but the good news was I got to see the final 12km. It looked to be the classic pre-mountain stage with everyone with skin in the game keeping their powder dry for the three difficult days ahead. I was lucky enough to watch classic Thomas de Ghent in action straight after the start. 2km in and he went to the front and just seemed to be riding his bike. No big effort to break away. But you could see the hurt on the faces behind him as various riders legs said no, and they pulled out of the line. Eventually the gap on the way to Gap opened and the break-away was formed.
Trentin attacked at the foot of the last climb and no one could go with him. His finish line was the top of the climb. If he got there he would solo to victory. And so it was. Asgreen, the newbie on the block, having an excellent first tour, jumped with 1km to go, as that is all he knew he had in his legs, but it was too much. Trentin was too strong, and took one of the rare solo victories that sprinters hardly ever get to experience.
You need luck in the tour and you need luck in the tipping comp. Italian Chris seems to have it in spades at the moment, as Trentin was in his team. So after hanging on for 2 days scrapping for a few points, he has extended his lead. Funny how fantasy mimics reality. Giant Scott hangs on to 2nd and TMV4 slips back into 3rd. Big mover into the top 20 was Boab #5, up 12 places to 11th thanks to Trentin and Wellens. Special mention to Fat Lasses at the Back with 3 teams in the top 20, ready to mount a charge for the top in the coming days no doubt. Big mover mention goes to Mama I.C.E up 96 spots, a new comer to the mention club. But a special mention goes to Orange Cycle Lady 3 up 92 places. Mainly because she has finally achieved a lifes goal and touched Peter Sagan. She is currently in France, but after that incident she might be here longer than expected as he heads to court to take out a staking retraining order. Puffy is back, need I say more. Can’t keep a useless team down, as he makes a final push for the Lantern Rouge, and looking at his team, he is now favourite for the bottom spot in Paris.