photo Daniel Benson
This four legged fan of FDJ is the perfect cheerleader on today's stage 16. Thibaut Pinot turned on the after-burner jets on the final climb of the Port de Balès accelerate away from Nibali and Valverde to show the French are making a threat on podium. He's currently 3rd overall just 29 secs from second place. I like his attack as a result 'pushing' Romain Bardet off the podium and taking over in the young riders classification. I don't believe Nibali has anything to worry about ...but Valverde does.
" My big objective was to gain time on Bardet... and on Van Garderen. Seeing that I could drop Valverde, too, at the same time is a huge boost to my morale. We'll see what happens (tomorrow). I'll keep on trying."
- Thibaut Pinot.
Rui Costa abandoned due to severe bronchitis. His is the best quote of the day...
"I feel like I've been run over by a lorry."