So, it wasn’t a surprise to see Israeli Guy Niv
celebrating his first nine days, 1,200 km, and the 30 categorized climbs (so far) of his first-ever tour with a few slices of pizza
as if they were the most significant prize.
Or the great Andre Greipel, that is happy to still be in the game after his war of attrition. He raged in the climbing stages, hanging in there, still carrying his crash scars, with a mission to be there in the coming stages when he has a chance to do what he does best: the sprint.
Or even Dan Martin, who hasn’t yet been able to show his best here, still suffering from his nagging back injury. But today, he went deep into his pain zone to prove to himself that he will soon hit his stride: “It was important as training. But I killed myself to go in the break, and then still went hard at the end. Better times are coming. My back is not yet 100%, though”.