Well so much for those who said Mark Cavendish wouldn't win today because the finish was uphill; maybe the stage from Vatan to Saint-Fargeau looked tough to others, but it didn't to him, as he blasted through the finish ahead of Tyler Farrar. (Although as Velonews notes, behind the scenes, it is harder than it looks.)
Meanwhile I thought this was interesting: Bernard Hinault says the only way to beat Astana is to attack. I know what you're thinking, "he would say that", but he's right; nobody is going to beat Astana by sitting in the peloton waiting for something good to happen. Maybe not tomorrow, which is a rolling flattish stage that seems made for a breakaway, but Friday back in the Alps the Saxos and Cadel and Menchov and Sastre must try something, right? And who knows, maybe Bradley Wiggins will be the joker in the pack. Stay tuned!