Bad weather has returned. So too has bad luck for Andrew Talansky, in another late-stage fall that dropped the American from top-ten general standing. “Mano-a-mano” for Contador and Nibali handed them second and third in this first real climbing finish, respectively.
Most of all, it’s turned out to be joyous day for France, thanks to Le Tour’s first French stage victory of the year. With a soaked Blel Kadri climbing to victory in rain-plagued stage 8, Bastille Day weekend is certainly off to an auspicious start for the blue, white and red!