Tour de France Stage 7 – Now That Was a Bike Race

Really hard riding today. Sanchez’ victory was quite the classy way to pad the palmarès and the mess that got him to that point was a sight to see.

I love to see Kirchen sprinting for all the green jersey points, by the way. At this rate he looks like he wants to podium AND win the sprint jersey. That would certainly be an interesting result for the newly sponsored American team.

In the overall picture, I’m liking the approach of both Evans and Menchov. While a lot of the other contenders are messing around trying to take a few seconds here and a few seconds there, to maybe seize the jersey for a day or two, the two of them seem to understand that the energy wasted on these “lesser” stages is energy that could come in handy on a beast of a stage like the one coming up Monday or, even worse, the demonic test we have on tap for July 23. I mean, having a little bit extra when going over three HC climbs (Col du Galibier, Col de la Croix de Fer and L’Alpe-d’Huez) isn’t a bad idea. Those two are riding like they know what’s coming. Everyone else? Not so much. Now we just have to see what kind of climbing form they actually have.

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