Well that was surprising. I thought today would be another bunch sprint, or a ride with a meaningless breakaway, but instead we ended up with George Hincape making a run at the yellow jersey. He fell just short, but the drama of that chase made for an exciting stage.
Tomorrow starts the Alps and in a week we’ll know the winner. It should be a very exciting week!
Rider of the Day
Hincape got out in a great breakaway early and put nearly enough distance on the field to end the day in yellow. Instead, he’ll start the day tomorrow in 2nd place. Like all American cycling fans, I have a soft spot for Hincape, and I really would have liked to see him wear the yellow jersey.
The interview he had with Frankie Andreu after the stage was heartbreaking as he talked about his friends in Astana and his countrymen on Garmin chasing him down to prevent him from wearing yellow. I don’t believe there was anything personal in it, as everyone seems to love George, but to come so close and fall 5 seconds short must be incredibly disappointing.