His steps are a little more relaxed now, as a leader gliding through a village.
Today is quite cloudy in the Pyrenees, but don't be afraid; in Nîmes, where we are heading after tomorrow's rest day, temperatures are 36-38 degrees. I feel weak just thinking about it.
We have 94.6 km to go; there are three climbs in 60 finals.
In comments, they wondered if Alaphilippe had a reserve to pass through the Alps, before noting that they had wondered about him throughout the race and he answered every question so far.
Geraint Thomas, meanwhile, is having lunch. He will hope he gets more in the tank than yesterday, where he just expired.
Alexey Lutsenko drinks. I doubt I have ever experienced such a great pleasure in my life.
Frank, Matthews, Sicard, Perichon, Politt, Bouet and Perez has overtaken the leader group. Decent work.
112km more. The first hour is 27 km / hour for the first hour; now it slows down a little, but only a little.
The leading group is now 2.33 in front of the others. We see that Alaphilippe is one of them, and he looks very cold.
There are 28 racers at rest, and here they are:
Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe), Romain Bardet and Tony Gallopin (AG2R-La Mondiale), Vincenzo Nibali, Damiano Caruso and Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Merida), Rudy Molard and Sébastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), Nairo Quintana, Andrey Amador and Marc Soler (Movistar), Pello Bilbao, Omar Fraile and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Michael Woods (EF First Education), Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Simon Geschke (CCC), Julien Bernard, Giulio Ciccone, and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Dan Martin (United Arab Emirates Team), Lennard Kämna and Nicolas Roche (Sunweb), Jesus Herrada (Cofidis), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), Romain Kreuziger (Data Dimensions) and Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Amaël Moinard (Arkéa-Samsic).
Rest is well installed now, around 30 in front of the rest, led by Quintana; Nibali is one of those with him. Pinot stopped because of slash, and Alaphilippe was in the first group behind the leaders.
Konrad, Bardet, Nibali, Caruso carry out the psychopathic command when the ascent continues. There were several more pairs between them, but the difference was not significant.
They stand in the saddle now, as Bardet moves forward. This may be the time!
We are at the Col de Montségur, second level climb, and Caruso has been withdrawn.
Is Back to the Future the best film of the 80s? And all the time? What is certain is perfection.
There is already a split! Caruso led everyone, hit maybe 20 meters away, and the platoon was now in two parts.
They traveled 47km in the first hour. Where is Mr. Strickland when you need it?
The King and Poetry are now attacking, but there is no indication that they will reach anywhere; we are 7 km from the start of the climb. Good luck, friend.
Climbing starts around 12 km, so expect an effective break at that time. But you really never know.
Oss made another step. He looks quite alert, and also a bit awkward.
Nibali is also in front, but Peloton has been caught quite a lot; after 40 km, we are basically where we were when we started, unless everyone is even more ill.
I feel a little nauseous just looking at the incline. Riding it, Bardet panted.
The split platoon on the front: Romain Bardet is attacking, and Jack Haig will come with him, Oss and a few others too. The round is heading up now and is approaching the first ascent of the stage.
Vincenzo Nibali took it, and oh my days, Bradley Wiggins is wearing a union jack jacket. He just wants to be different.
They set a pretty scary step here, which should support climber experts later.
Serge Pauwels decided to try. He opened the tin about 34cm, then the package swallowed it.
There are spectators wearing cycling gear. Let's give them the benefit of the doubt and say they are riding.
Julien Bernard is a little embarrassed at rest, then Michael Woods took it.
No one can escape. Scully is close to the front, but stops to do the right attack.
They arrange it and arrange it when the incline increases gently; if the stage is the tone of the forest, drop will happen immediately.
Marco Haller, who has risen miles more competitive this season than anyone, have bash at rest.
The scenery on this stage is truly fertile, many peaks are covered in green. I am sure it is significant compensation when you feel you will die.
Damiano Caruso is now in front, but the peloton is closed.
Sven Erik Bystrøm from UAE The Emirates team has arrows. He led about 10 meters, but it didn't look like a decisive determinant.
It must be the right laugh to determine its direction.
"How can it cause the most pain in this?"
"What about the uphill end result?"
Sagan caught up with a breakaway attempt – there are six so that the rider might be three meters from the others. No one has set foot.
Various chapters move forward – De Gendt, Mohoric, Wellens, Teuns, Geschke, Würtz Schmidt and Naese included – checking to see if anyone had come, then letting themselves be arrested.
Thomas is already in front of the group. We expect a succession of attacks through the stage, which should make a small outing entertaining.
I had a few glasses of wine last night. These children don't even know they were born.
Wiggins considers the stage winner yesterday, Thibaut Pinot, to win again today. That will be a truly ridiculous effort.
Bradley Wiggins shows off tattoos on Eurosport; I can not. He thinks today is dead or dead for Thomas, and if Alaphilippe wears yellow while drinking tea, he will be very difficult to stop.
Here's William Fotheringham's stage guide:
The second summit is finished in a row, and the different propositions with the first two categories of mountains pass before, both short and steep, as well as climbing to the checkered flag. The climber stage is pure, the target for riders going to the mountain jersey, with many points available on three first cat climbs in a row: Julian Alaphilippe jumps to mind. There must be a direct choice among yellow jersey competitors which must go down to some now. This is the stage that chants Egan Bernal or Nairo Quintana.
Every time I think of Le Tour, I think of something Mark Cavendish once said: "That means something that is very suffering." Well, after yesterday's Tourmalet, which included a 3,000m-odd bonanza climb, it seems like the champion who suffered this year is Julian Alaphilippe. With the remaining seven stages, he led Geraint Thomas at 2.02, and it was increasingly difficult to see the gap as something other than certain.
Today, sufferers undergo the final stage of the Pyrenees, which includes, among 185km, three major inclines: Port de Lers, Mur de Péguère and the final climb in Prat d’Albis. What better way to pass a lazy Sunday?