Congrats, to Tommy Voeckler for a terrific stage win today! Can you believe this was Voeckler’s first stage victory? It’s often forgotten that his yellow jersey exploit from several years ago was done without actually having won a stage. Voeckler’s Tour tenacity has finally been rewarded.
Tom Boonen flatted at the wrong time, leaving him off the back just as the peloton split along the coast. In the end it didn’t matter, but you’ve got to wonder if Tom and his team will ever get it together. This is his second bout of dumb luck in only 5 stages. Could it be karma?
And what a shame it was to see Robert Gesink struggling off the back for so long following an apparent fall. It took a while, but Rabobank finally gave their young hope some help, but in the end he still finished several minutes down. But don’t be surprised if the time he lost today is enough to give him the leeway he needs to win a stage, especially in the mountains. Maybe karma will reward Robert for hanging tough today.
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