Another super fascinating day in the Tour de France. Marvellous that Chris Froome is back in the lead, and wearing the leaders yellow jersey.
Yesterday’s predictions were not too bad. In text conversations with mad-keen cycling friends I wrote that Fabio Aru would suffer from having a depleted team, and the probability of his being isolated. Spot on Timmy.
Team Sky’s superior stage planning led to Chris Froome coming in seventh, and gaining a 25 second margin over the leader.
Of my prediction about the stage winner, Edvald Boasson Hagen made a valiant effort, but third is not first. Of Andre Griepel I’ll not mention him again, as it appears he’s not in the contention for such sprint finishes.
My thoughts on Day 15’s stage,
- Team Sky will be riding in their pomp, controlling the race. They’ll be happy for a breakaway so long as no riders in close contention are in it. This makes predictions as to the stage winner really tough.
- Here goes, I predict Greg van Avermaert, as BMC racing remain strong, though without a stage victory and without their star Richie Porte. For my side bet I wonder if Steve Cummings might fancy his chances, with support from Team Dimension Data, again a team who are without a stage victory.
We’re off for an afternoon of butterfly watching today, so it’ll be ITV’s highlights for me.