I am thinking that Alaphilippe might actually have a small chance. What a courageous ride over 3 huge climbs. He was of course found wanting at the top of the Galibier. But what was Thomas thinking? Did they really think that Alaphilippe would not manage to descend back to them? Pinot and Thomas are not actually known for their expertise going downhill. Ineos tried some things though, sending Bernal up the road, gaining time over the finish line on everyone, including his alleged team leader Thomas. But Alaphilippe lost nothing really. Tomorrow may be a different story, but looking at the profile, they need to attack him further from the finish.
Bardet finally got the conciliation prize of the mountain jersey, and a stint on the podium, after a torrid 2 weeks. He was my pick for the Yellow, so this is some conciliation. French riders in Yellow and mountains jerseys, a good day for the French.
Interesting developments overnight with the lovable Tony Martin and pom Luke Rowe being ejected for having a crack at each other. A bit harsh I think. But 2 of the strongest teams lose a rider each, conspiracy theory, this helps Alaphilippe and Pinot with one less rider in Jumbo and Ineos…
Once again Italian Chris comes good thanks to Damiano Caruso, he keeps hanging in there. Top 3 stay the same. Big movers into the top 20 are John Sattler and Evil Pony both up 10 places to break into the top 20. Big mover, up a huge 102 spots was Cat Six 1, to slip into a challenging 150th spot. Puffy is at the bottom, nuff said… There are some challengers, laughable really.