Is it just me, or do other people think this years Tour is having a more nervous first week than normal. Yesterday, stage 5, they were dropping like flies. A moto cleaned up Nicki Sorensen and was sent home. Contador hit the deck. Brajkovic ended up in the back of an ambo and Gesink looked pretty beat up.
They have already hit the road in the longest stage of the tour, stage 6, Carhaix to Cap Fréhel.
JEAN-FRANÇOIS PESCHEUX’S ANALYSIS : An opportunity for the puncheurs.
“The Tour’s longest stage is not flat. Because we are in Normandy, the route is rolling. We will have to wait and see what happens with any breakaway riders. Although it’s not ‘a wall’ of 10%, there is a decent climb 1.5km from the finish in front of the basilica in Lisieux. Some good riders are sure to lose contact there because the peloton is bound to split apart. If a breakaway group is still clear, not all of them will be able to stay with the pace at this point. A stage profile of this type does not suit the Tour’s favourites, and certainly not a pure climber such as Andy Schleck, but will suit a puncheur. Once again, just like the finish on the Mûr-de-Bretagne, the qualities of a rider in the mould of Philippe Gilbert will come to the fore on a stage like this.”