High Road/Team Columbia have certainly had a great year already, but this first week of the Tour has been bonkers. Green Jersey, White Jersey, stage win and now… The maillot jaune for Kim Kirchen. They’re a well run, talented team hitting on all cylinders. I’m excited to see how they do over the final couple of weeks.
As for Stage 6 itself, I’m surprised there wasn’t more activity on that last kilometer. It was still exciting racing, but I thought it would be just a little bit more insane. Vandevelde and Piepoli had the most exciting move and that really happened before the road turned straight up to the sky.
Ricco was a likely winner, in hindsight. He’s an opportunist of the highest order and with the big GC men all worried about each other he was able to seize the day.
Stage 5 was more exciting than it should have been. It’s painful watching a man from the break get caught within the last 500 meters. Within the last 100? Ouch.
How many more stage victories will Cavendish gain over the next ten or twelve years? Two Giro stages, one (so far) Tour stage… all at the tender age of 23. That’s a bright future right there.
And now? Bring on the Pyrenees!