Well, that is the first week well and truly done. What a week!
I can't believe how tense and nervy the proceedings have been. Crashes are common place as the first week progresses due to nerves and tension but this week has been remarkable. A number of genuine contenders for the GC have suffered and lost time. It is now clear to see why keeping your GC contender near the front of the race is so important. keeping close the the front of the peleton keeps him ahead of where most crashes occur and, in the event a crash happens near the front, everyone else who is a GC prospect is going to be in the mix as well and there is less chance of loosing time aginst your main rivals.
A couple of high points for me. The way Sky bossed the race and kept cadel in their sights on stage 7 with Chris Froome getting ahead of the charging Aussie and taking the stage was awesome. This was topped off nicely by Bradley wiggins taking the Yellow Jersey which Fabian Cancellara had done a grand job of parading up till then. The second high point for me was the antics of FDJ Bigmat Team Manager Marc Madiot as he was encouraging stage leader Pinot Thibaut to his stage victory was awesome-n true passion!
The first big Time Trial today. Lets see how it pans out.
Vive La Tour!