Argh! These transition stages can be nail-biters; today on Le Tour featured a long flat run through Provence, with a dead flat sprint into Nimes. A stage for Marcel Kittel or Andre Griepel for sure, right? But then a two-man break nearly ... nearly! ... got away, as the peloton's chase was slowed by rain and roundabouts. Jack Bauer and Martin Elminger rode hard all day and at first it seemed they would surely be caught, and then it seemed they would make it to the finish! But heartbreakingly they were caught, with 20m to go... and Alexender Kristoff led the field sprint across the line. Whew.
Tomorrow is the tour's second rest day, and then Tuesday the race resumes with three stages in the Pyrenees!