The first mountain top finish of the 2015 Tour left the hopes of most GC contenders in dismay as Team Sky lit up the remains of the peloton. Richie Porte set a hard pace that only Froome and Nairo Quintana could follow as they soon swallowed up a couple of early attackers. Froome then lit 'em up and dropped Quintana, who was overtaken by Porte before the finish. Quintana lost a minute and the other GC hopefuls lost 2 or more. I saw Froome ride off from everyone except Tejay Van Garderen in the Dauphine with a similar attack, but i had to believe that Contador, Tejay and Quintana could hang with him. No way, today. You can read all that in CyclingNews. The important standings are below.
In the JBarCycling Minileague, there were no changes in the top 8, but Dumas Garrett's Team Pancake made a very strong move with Froome, Porte, and Quintana all on his roster. Moving up from 24th place to 9th with 709 points on the day, Dumas won a T-Shirt from Arkansas Cycling and Fitness.
Thanks for AC&F for providing today's prize.
There is also a battle raging for the dubious honor of the Lanterne Rouge, as Cliff Li's Team Istillhavenoideawhatimdoing goes wheel-to-wobbly-wheel with Matthew Parish's Rampant Sur Le Velo in the race to last place in the league. Remarkably, both teams are laden with talent like Nibali, Quintana, and Contador, and could easily have been pre-race favorites. Such is the nature of even this shadow of the Tour be France that the margin between big shot winner and shattered loser can be so slim.