As a Norwegian, I was of course hoping for Edvald Boasson Hagen yesterday. It was once again close, but no cigar. One second and two third places are not bad. But in this sport, particularly when it comes to the stages, “The winner takes i all”. The winner is remembered. But no one remembers nuber two and three.
It was a tactical blunder from Fabio Aru to sit far back in the peloton in the final, being behind several gaps, loosing time and loosing the yellow jersey. I doubt that Chris Froome will give it away once more before they reach Paris.
Today is another stage with some hard climbs (1st cat) and a descent to the finish. One of the ascents is new, and has never before been used in Tour de France. Romain Bardet is said to be the only rider who knows the area, and may have an advantage. The profile should also suit him, as a good climber and descender. Maybe it will be another French day.