We've been waiting for J-Rod to be a factor in this race but until Ventoux he was virtually invisible. Today we saw Katusha attempting something for the first time and it netted Purito a minute on a few of his competitors. With a little luck the little climber has consciously built his form for the brutal final week. If that is the case then there is more attacking to come.
Second star: Saxo-Tinkoff aggression
The rest day comments out of the Saxo camp sounded a little downbeat. It was hard not to interpret it as if they have given up the idea of toppling Froome from the no 1 spot and that's why it was good to see them attacking when Katusha had laid the groundwork by splitting the field on the Col de Mense. Let's hope it was a signal that they will continue taking the fight to Sky all the way to Le Semnoz.
It's going to be an intense week and we got got a little foretaste of one of the main characters in the coming days, the fantastic nature and scenery of the Alps. Show me any other sport with a more spectacular arena.