The Tour de France 2014 rests again today. Left are three mountain stages in the Pyrenees, a transition stage, and a time trial left before Sunday's parade / sprint to Paris.
It seems like Vincenzo Nibali is a lock to win. But the rest of the podium and top ten is up for grabs, should make for some exciting racing. Peter Sagan has the green jersey sewn up. But the polka dot jersey competition is tight (tied!) between Joaquim Rodriquez and Rafal Majka, and the white jersey is up for grabs between Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot, who are also battling for top French rider and ... perhaps most importantly ... fighting to be the first Frenchman on the podium since Ricard Virenque in 1997. Add to that Tejay Van Garderen sitting in fifth, and riding stronger every day, and Bauke Mollema lurking in seventh, and Rui Costa ... well there's a lot of racing left. (Update: Rui has dropped out due to pnemonia! Rats)
It already seems a long time ago but remember stage 5, which retraced the Paris-Roubaoix route over the cobbles in the rain? Want to see it again, from the handlebars of a rider? Check this out:
Wow. And Onward!