For VDS purposes, this week of cycling is perhaps the most important for learning and guessing about the various riders vying for a place in our teams. For non-VDS purposes, it’s still pretty damn useful. Did we find out anything, though?
What's going on at the minute?
The attacks on all terrain had to end somewhere. We had crosswinds and rain, but unlike on Sunday no one of great importance to the General Classification lost any time, and despite crashes, German sprinter Greipel came out on top.
Echelons. Waaiers. Crosswinds. Bordures. We had them aplenty on stage two, and André Greipel sprinted to victory as Quintana and Nibali lost 87 seconds. If there's another stage like this, we're in for a treat. Carnage!
In the first bit of major transfer news this summer Sportwereld is reporting that Edward Theuns is off to Trek Factory Racing as of next year. One of the major revelations of the spring classics this year, Lotto's Tiesj Benoot being the other, Theuns has continued impressing and is currently leading the Europe Tour in points.
Chris Froome won stage 7 of the Dauphiné, halving his deficit to set up a thrilling final day.