Good morning. Things are progressing as expected this morning. we have an 8 man break including:
- Sylvain Chavanel (QuickStep)
- Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
- Jürgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
- Marcus Burghardt (BMC)
- Jerome Pineau (QuickStep)
- Sebasitien Turgot (Bbox)
- Rein Taaramae (Cofidis)
- Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre)
The peloton is 2:55 behind and have been steadily bringing the gap down. Cervelo and Saxo have been controlling the pace making early but Astana is assembling near the front now.
If the break is to stick Chavanel and Burghardt are certainly the two strongest riders although Matthew Llyoyd is a good young climber, winning the KOM at the Giro.
My feelings on the King of the Mountain is that it’s the best climber that is not in contention for the GC. It’s pretty much a garbage award that goes to a rider that gets into a couple of early breaks. Personally, I’m not big on polka-dots either… Not very masculine.
More to come…