Oh, there’s a stage between Izoard and the Marseille TT? The 221km flat stage into Salon-de-Provence brought a big break, no teams really wanting to chase them down, and a defense of the GC at the back of the race.
Straight from kilometre 0 to the Flamme Rouge, there were non-stop attacks, breaks and chases. In the end, there were two riders duelling it on into Station des Rousses, in a battle to the death. Or the cramp.
A stereotypical Tour de France sprint stage saw Pro Continential teams in the break, riders doing suicide bridges, and Bouhanni hustling in the sprint. However, someone came by to spoil the French party in Troyes.
An all-star break panicked BMC and the peloton into a game of cat and mouse for most of the day, until the slopes of La Planche des Belles Filles were in the peloton’s sights. Then, it was truly game on.