This years tour so far has been truly outstanding. Teams racing from the flag drop on each stage. Top quality breakaways on each day. Action packed racing.
The question everyone is asking on the first rest day of the tour, can Team Jumbo-Visma sustain the relentless pace for the rest of the tour. Have they started working too early. Have they playing into the hands of Team INEOS Grenadiers. What about the climbers from Columbia ? Are they also playing a waiting game. And what about Team Movistar ?
The race for the Green Jersey is also lit. Peter Sagan and his Team Bora Hansgrohe took the race to Sam Bennett and his Team Deceuninck QuickStep. Racing from the flag drop. It would be awesome if the Irishman, Sam Bennett could wear the Green Jersey into Paris. The last Irishman to wear the Green Jersey was Sean Kelly.
The Young Riders Jersey is also a nail bitter, with youngster Tadej Pogacar from UAE-TeamEmirates racing his heart out. His been taking the fight to last years Yellow Jersey Winner, Egan Bernal.
The Yellow Jersey fight is too early call. With Bernal, Pogacar, Roglic, Porte, Landa and Yates all still with a chance to claim the biggest prize in cycling. Roglic has looked the strongest in week one of the tour.
A special mention needs to go out to Wout van Aert and the tenacious Julian Alaphilippe. No doubt that these two riders will win one or more stages during the second week of the tour.
Week two of the tour will no doubt keep us on the edge of out seats.