TdF stage 9

danmartinIn a stage containing more drama than the entire of last year’s Tour, Dan Martin became the first Irish rider to win a stage since his uncle Stephen Roche won in 1992.

The peloton was still dazed by yesterday’s Froome onslaught. Garmin-Sharp promised to unleash Chaos and the attacks came from the beginning. Sky lost Peter Kennaugh who fell into shrubbery and the flurry of attacks spread the rest of the Sky team, Richie Porte marking many breakaways before he exploded, losing 18 minutes plummeting from 2nd to 33rd. Suddenly Froome was isolated, alone in a group of more Movistars than Ocean’s Eleven. Everyone had a friend except Froome.

On the last climb Quintana made 4 accelerations, each time matched by a Froome whirling on the pedals like a washing machine on spin cycle. After one of these attacks, Garmin rider Dan Martin snuck away, with the GC riders ignoring him.
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At the end, Froome didn’t lose time, but showed vulnerability. I can’t work out if Contador is saying “I’ll be your friend”, or is going for a Three Stooges eye poke.

The peloton mood was completely different from the despair of yesterday. Even Cadel was upbeat and positive.

So what do we think? We think don’t analyze it too much, and keep drinking:

And BTW why is this guy way back in the grupetto??

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