Fearing splits in the peloton, the riders were nervous and edgy all day – so much so that a meaningful breakaway failed to establish itself. At the finish, Andre Greipel, the German champion, got his first victory of this Tour ahead of Mark Cavendish, who crashed with around 33 kilometres to go.
Daniel Friebe rejoined Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie for the post-stage podcast and they dissected the day’s action and sprint finish.
Although the air was calm, it’s still interesting to find out more about the effect crosswinds can have on the tightly-grouped pack of cyclists, so we hear from Garmin-Sharp’s sports director Andreas Klier, himself an expert at racing in windy conditions, about how echelons form and how to turn a strong, gusting breeze from foe to friend.
We also hear from Lotto-Belisol’s Greg Henderson and Lars Bak about their lead-out for Greipel.
The yellow jersey also changed hands in Montpellier, with Daryl Impey assuming the race lead from his Orica-GreenEdge team-mate Simon Gerrans. It seemed somehow fitting that in this, the 100th Tour, an African rider finally pulled on the famous maillot jaune.
We announce the winner of yesterday’s competition to win a copy of Richard Moore’s Tour de France 100 book and remind you how to win a phone call from Garmin-Sharp rider David Millar on Monday’s rest day.