I am glad that there were no serious crashes during yesterday’s difficult stage. Vincezo Nibali seemed to be a bit mentaly marked by his crash the day before, and was more careful in the last descent than he usually is. It was no surprise that for Chris Froome and Sky, it was control, control and control.
The person who has really impressed med the most during this year’s Tour, is Peter Sagan, who has been chosen the supercombative in this year’s Tour. Three stage wins and win with an enourmous margin in the green jersey competition is impressiv enough. But what has impressed me even more, is his working moral and effort to support his team mates. On stage 17, he was riding hard to help Rafal Majka secure the polkca dot jersey, with success. Yesterday he was riding just as hard to help another team mate, Roman Kreuziger to a podium finish. It did not work out, but Roman Kreuziger is now top 10. Alberto Contador abandoned early. Despite that, Tinkoff has the green jersey, the polka dot jersey and a third rider among the top ten in the general classification. Not a bad outcome! This is very much thanks to Peter Sagan’s effort for the team. It is not often we see the green jersey riding hard in the front on hard mountain stages, as a domestic for other riders in the team.
<edit>An interesting article in The Guardian about the team work in Sky: “Team Sky show power of the pack is key to Tour de France dominance”.</edit>