Stage 9: Dan the Man, Sky Fall & Rolling with Rouleur


Over this past weekend, I finally watched Skyfall, the cool and slick Bond movie with an eerie/excellent performance by Javier Bardem. Notably, the title is perfect for Team Sky's fall on stage 9. 

This Tour is turning out to be more than unpredictable. I must admit I was moving towards calling it CLOSE TO OVER for the rest of the contenders after Sky's superhuman stage 8 performance. 

Then, Sky's numbers disappeared in the mountain air as Porte was jettison, Kennaugh had a dangerous fall and super motor Kiryienka finishing outside the time limit and subsequently DQ- call it Skyfall. 

Give kudos to the contenders, those I almost gave up on, for trying their best to get back into the race. Thanks to Garmin-Sharp for vowing 'to create chaos' and for their determination (Hesjedal in the breakaway) and drive (rest of the team) to set Dan Martin up so he could tackle the last col, then to seal the deal magnificently. Movistar is a team to also fear. The return of Valverde with Quintana riding like the legendary grimpeurs, Lucho Hererra and Mauricio Soler. I'm smiling and thinking of the eighties and Colombian time. We can only wish for a stage victory in the final week to put him in hero status. 

How about Cadel Evans saying, after stage 8, that it was over? After stage 9, Evans said,

“I haven’t seen a day at the Tour like this for a long time. You have to keeps your hopes alive. Quitting is not an option right now. What I saw was surprising, from what I expected from Sky. Last year they had really good recovery amongst eight riders through every day of the Tour. Today that wasn’t the case at all. They had one rider in the front there. That was a strange situation, a bizarre situation for the yellow jersey.”

Chris Froome is still the man to beat.



Bahamontes giving Quintana advice.

Sep Vanmarcke on rest day...

The only man with a gorilla on his bike!
Stage 11 is coming for Greipel.

Plenty to read...
I want to thank Hans for an arm load of Rouleurs!

Tomorrow... Le Tour returns!