Yesterday's big surprise was that Thor Hushvod was able to keep the leader's Yellow Jersey on the first hilly stage. He was helped by the fact that nobody from the favourites really stepped it up the short, sharp Super-Besse climb to the finish with a leading group of over 20 riders finishing together just behind Rua Alberto Costa, the stage winner, and Philippe Gilbert who broke from the pack at the end.
Today's stage will be hard with eight categorised climbs including three 2nd category ones – Le Puy Mary, Col du Perthus and Col de Pret de Bouc (Le Plomb du Cantal). Although I suspect again that the leading contenders may well be content just to watch each other as the last big climb, le Plomb, is over 50k from the finish. Hope I'm proved wrong. I expect a group of 8-10 riders to break away near the start with some counter-attacks to come in the hilly middle section.