Today was a transition day, just as the next two days will be. It's a good time for all the teams to recover, and it's not a surprise that there has not been much change within the rankings today. I would bet that there won't be any change for the next two days either.
Everybody is waiting for the Alps to start attacking again. So, get ready to watch a massive sprint tomorrow and a pretty similar stage to the one we had today on Friday.
The only thing I noticed from today's stage is that the Silence-Lotto team is not putting any effort in the race, and I kind of wonder why. On the opposite end, I was surprised to see how fast CSC rode today. Given the fact that these three days are only transitional days, I don't see the point in going fast and tiring the body when the rankings don't even change. It will be interesting to see how they will perform in the Alps...so keep an eye on them.
Talking about performance, as I forecasted it, the pace is pretty slow right now so Cadel Evans can really recover from his crash. I would bet that he will be even stronger in the Alps than he was in the Pyrénées. I'm pretty sure it will be hard to take the yellow jersey from him. It means a lot to him, as you may have seen when he was on the podium, and I doubt he will let it go without fighting like a real leader.
You may have all heard about the doping case today. The Spanish rider Moises Duenas Nevado thought he would be smart enough to fool the controls, but I'm glad to see that the system is quite strong and that no one is being forgotten. Duenas is not fighting for the lead, so I think it was really stupid for him to take doping products during this Tour.
It's really sad to see that you still have some guys who don't understand that it's in their best interest to stop behaving like that. Honestly, when they get caught, these people should be banned from the pro cycling world right away with no return possible. These guys will just kill the sport! Anyway, I'm glad he is out and I hope that we won't have another case this year.
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Ronan Pensec participated in 8 Tours, and wore the yellow jersey in 1990 while racing for Greg Lemond's Z team. He now operates +Ronan Pensec Events+, an official Tour de France operator hosting VIP cycling tours for recreational cycling enthusiasts.