Christopher (soon to be Sir) Froome looked a picture of elegance as he crossed the line of stage 8 alone in an extraordinarily fast time, essentially winning the 2013 Tour de France. What to do with the rest of July that I had set aside?
He and team mate Richie Porte (0:54) lead closest rival Valverde (unrepentant doper) (1:08) on the stage. The Sky performance variously hailed as “incredible”, “unbelievable” and “not of this planet”.
I don’t know what to say. Christopher explains that you can have 100% confidence in these results: “I think if people got more of a look into that they would see that work equals these results and it’s not something that’s so wow, so unbelievable. It does actually add up if you look and see what actually goes into this.”
Putting this ride into context, the Ax-5-Domaines climb at the end was the 3rd fastest time ever in the TdF:
Lots of analysis will appear here.
Cadel lost over 4 minutes: “Injuries and health problems aside, surely today was the worst performance in my Tour career.”
Pretty much everyone else seemed to have a bad day. Contador uncomfortable (1:45), Schleck gone (3:34), Hesjedal exploded (8:15), van Garderen exploded (12:15).