I need to let you know there is a 3rd American in the Tour de France that somehow I overlooked when I was looking through the team rosters: Sepp Kuss of the team Jumbo-Visma. He is doing very well so wanted you to be watching for him.
Today's stage: 183 km Gap to Privas 165 riders. There was an intermediate sprint which Sam Bennett was the first over the line and became the "virtual" green jersey winner as Sagan was 5h and now 7 pts behind in the tally. There was an interview with Tiesj Benoot of Sunweb who had crashed yesterday dramatically over the guard rail and only hurt a couple fingers -- good news. This stage saw no attacks and breakaways -- the announcers weren't sure that had ever happened before except for an incident of nature or problem on the course.
The tour entered the Drone Department and there is a lot of things to see here: lavendar has grown here since the middle ages; good cycling roads, beautiful scenery, and good eating. There was a little interview with a "black olive" farm owner--60% of these olives are grown here. Lots of fruits grown here so the desserts are also well known.
Won Van Ert who was the "super domestique" who set the fast pace up the climb from yesterday's peloton run-in to the finish ending up winning today's stage! It was a close finish with Cees Bol from Sunweb who had the ideal lead out train to put him in a good place to win. Very exciting.
The Yellow Jersey changed hands after the race had finished due to a violation charged against Julian Alaphilippe who had received a water bottle within the 12.5 mile limit for taking on water. Adam Yates was 2nd so was called out of the shower to put on the Yellow Jersey.
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