Here now upon the end of Le Tour’s first week, the Twitter question of all questions awaited an answer: “Will today be THE DAY?” Amid more pleasant weather for stage 7, heading east and south from Epernay to Nancy in a peloton largely driven by Ted King and Team Cannondale, that answer sat pending with the most anticipation so far this year.
To answer any questions about le maillot jaune, this is the easy one: It remains on the same back it has for the past six days, as Vincenzo Nibali has yet to be overtaken overall. But for today, oh so close– “by the skin of his bike shorts” to quote Liggett again– it turned out for Peter Sagan. So was today THE DAY? Unfortunately for Peter, though he absolutely could not have come any closer in edging out Matteo Trentin, by sheer millimeters that is, the much-anticipated answer is no.
One grueling week has passed for now 198 minus 12 riders, not to mention today’s home-stretch wipe out for top-ten American Andrew Talansky. And now they head for the hills. Thanks Ted for the awesome Strava coverage!