BoltonTillIDie wrote:Very close finish
It might look like it to the likes of us but it really wasn't to this class of riders.
I've changed the video above so people can watch it if they like and if you do you will see about the 6 minute mark a still picture on the line showing Cavendish already with his arms aloft whilst his rivals are still lunging for the line, which means he knew he'd won and was already decelerating as he went over the line.
You can tell the close finishes when no one sits up for the 'win' picture but instead keeps their heads down and 'throws' their bikes at the line.
The video I've put up is slightly longer than usual as it goes into a little bit of detail about the strategy today over Cav keeping the 'green' jersey.
The one thing I would take from today is that Wout van Aert went for the win today (he's the rider who finished second)
Van Aert is, along with Mathew van der Poel, a bit of a freak of nature when it comes to cycling, they are monsters when it comes to one day races and are head and shoulders better than most anyone else.
They are both in their prime cycling years and can climb with the pure climbers and sprint with the pure sprinters - something most people simply can't do because you need to be light in weight to climb the mountains and to have muscle bulk to sprint - so you are usually good at one or the other, or be just ok at both.
Van Aert was here at the Tour to help Roglic to win it but Roglic has pulled out injured, which allows Van Aert to hunt stage wins.
Clearly he had a little go at this one today but Cavendish 'train' launching Cav in front with 150 meters to go, was just that bit too much for him - this time!
It's to be seen if Van Aert will look to have another dabble at a sprint stage, or aim at something else - but don't be surprised if he ends up with a stage win or two before the Tour is over.
A big day tomorrow on the iconic Mont Vontoux (it sounds like mon-von-two when the commentators say it).
This is the mountain where Tommy Simpson died, and there is a monument to him on the spot.
It's a great place to win and have on your CV, so the best climbers will be keen to win here.
The GC race is effectively over, so most team tactics will be to get their riders on the podium in Paris, so watch the riders such as Carapaz, Uran and Ben O'Connor who has come from nowhere to now be in second place.
It wouldn't surprise me if a group of good climbers who are too far behind to be a danger for GC, breakaway and go for the stage win but if Pogacar is there towards the end, then it will be his to win.
Finally having to go up the Mont Vontoux twice tomorrow is going to make it hard for Cav to finish within the time limit (which is a set time calculated from the stage winners time) so keep your fingers crossed he does and lives to fight another day on the tour.