Tuesday, 16 July 2013
#TDF13: the road to Gap opens a very tough last week
Doubtless it will be a relief for Chris Froome and the rest of Sky to get back on their bikes and head from Vaison la Romaine to Gap rather than fielding endless questions about doping following Chris Froome's very impressive ride up the Ventoux on Sunday. The offer by Dave Brailsford to turn over all of Sky's data to an organisation like WADA looks a good one. Assuming that Sky do indeed carry this through then it will be interesting to see if all the other teams follow suit.
The stage to Gap is lumpy with two 2nd Cat climbs and one 3rd Cat. In 2011 Cadel Evans attacked Andy Schleck then in the Yellow Jersey on the final climb the Col de Manse above Gap. From the top of the Manse it's 11K downhill to the finish. Evans gained more than a minute on Schleck.
Team Sky will need to be wary but after Froome's emphatic win on Sunday his rivals may be more concerned to attack each other in the fight for a podium place. Still you never know as this has been such an unpredictable Tour.