Another 6 stages into the TDF 2018 edition, and its been an absolute cracker. Sadly for the Australian contingent of competitors its been a hard and frustrating time. As of stage 12, only 8 of the 11 starters are left. The biggest loss being Richie Porte who crashed out on Stage 9. That meant Australia’s best 2 chances for podium honours are gone. Similarly Mark Renshaw has withdrawn, but MMT suspects that this has more to do with Mark Cavendish performing well below par and withdrawing as well.
So as of stage 12, the best placed Australian in the General Classification is ….Matt Hayman. the man must have the heart of elephant. In fact, one wonders whether the Aussies are forming their own grupetto to avoid the broom wagon, as they are positions 107, 113, 117, 118, 121, 122, 128 and 142 respectively.
However, what’s become clear is that this years par cours has been cursed for ‘pure sprinters’. Look at this list of DNF/DNS:
Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors
So this means, unless something goes horribly wrong, Peter Sagan has the Green Jersey in the bag. He’s an incredible 220 points ahead of Alexander Kristoff. Speaking of interesting situations, who exactly is the team leader at Team Sky, Chris Froome or Geraint Thomas. Thomas has had back to back wins on stages 11 and 12 and is a 1m and 39s ahead of Froome.
Until next time, ride safe