Today Vincenzo Nibali had to keep open his eye while day dreaming of his Yellow Jersey - still the same : he washes it at night and puts it on again the next day, it seems so. He loves descending, he was in front when Sagan split the peloton trying to anticipate. Richie Porte got a bit surprised but all went together at the finish for the gc riders.
Not so for the stage sprinters, fooled or beated or both by Tony Gallopin. He attacked twice, they couldn't catch him down because in his mind he was already beyond the line. Unstoppable. He didn't stop. He didn't care of them so furiously close. That was a wonderful win and he already a beloved boy.
Behind a different story or maybe the same. Riders want to ride all the way to the finish, to cross it hopefully in first. To cross it at least, and in time. No matter how bad they feel, how tired or in pain. Andrew Talansky was about to quit today, riding at the back, dropped, losing time, painfully pedaling. It was his back. He had crashed twice, two days in a row, and badly. He didn't care. He wanted to finish and hopefully start tomorrow.
He had come to the Tour as the Dauphiné winner so the big outsider on the press. He had come full of motivation but like many other gc riders in the first week he had got a very bad luck.
So now he had to chase and all his body is saying him to stop and breath. He stops indead and even breathing is hard. He stands beside the road, his team car stopped too and he's talking with his DS. Better, he's listening. And it seems he found the right words.
"I want to finish this Tour" Talansky said "I'll for my team mates". Back on bike he rides till the finish, and in time. Miracles happen but just for believers.
1 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol 4:25:45
2 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
3 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
4 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
5 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge
6 José Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
7 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
8 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
10 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar
11 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
12 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling
13 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
14 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
15 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
16 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura
17 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
18 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
19 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
20 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 46:59:23
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:02:23
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:47
4 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:01
5 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol 0:03:12
6 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:03:47
7 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:03:56
8 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:57
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:04:08
10 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:04:18
11 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:04:31
12 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:04:39
13 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:05:17
14 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida 0:05:34
15 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team Sky 0:06:03
16 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:06:47
17 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre - Merida 0:07:33
18 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:07:42
19 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:08:01
20 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:08:25