Much like poor Rupert Guinness, I missed all the action in the finish, not because of security problems, but because I … umm .. had a snooze. Wups. The post race interviews all seemed to centre on the high level of desperation amongst the riders, and the lack of respect for other teams leading to the many crashes we’re seen so far. I hope they settle themselves down soon for this is not a good thing for a 3 week bike race. I guess after tonight when we start to hit mountain stages the sprinters should be a bit less “on edge”.
Arashiro from Team Europcar did his bit for his team owners, getting the lion’s share of the TV coverage whilst in the breakaway for a few hours.
Lotto did a fantastic job in bringing Gorilla Greipel home, but you have to wonder how much less room they might have had if Cav hadn’t crashed out. Very pleased to see Veelers cross in third – moooo! Spartacus is still in yellow with Wiggo 7 secs behind him and Cowdel running 17 secs behind.