Today's stage was another good one!
There was a big breakaway of 18 riders out there pretty early, and they were never to be caught. The peloton seemed unable or unwilling to put out much effort to catch them. The highest placed rider in the breakaway was Garmin's Talansky who started the day in 17th place, but gained over 6 minutes coming in third place. Hopefully he didn't burn himself out to much today. He is having a great first Tour. TJ was in the break to, but faded at the end.
I found myself rooting for the lone runaway rider at the end, Frenchman Julien Simon, who rode away on his own over the last hill. The French haven't won a stage yet. He was caught with about 1k to go though and Matteo Trentin took the win at the line, the first stage victory for the Italians here.
The crowds were huge today!
A lazy peloton couldn't dampen the excitement of the strong breakaway. Another thoroughly enjoyable stage today IMO!