There was more racing in both Spain and Britain as both Tours really get in deep. In Spain the race is definitely getting heated as yet more accusations of fighting abound. This time it was Rodriguez who was accused of punching Sky rider Deigan in the face. The Spaniard tried to play it down, but some people weren’t buying it.
What a lying prick, take responsibly for your actions coward ! pic.twitter.com/lftCvJKGKW— Peter kennaugh (@Petekennaugh) September 9, 2014
Aside from all that there was racing, on a flat stage that gave the sprinters a chance in between the brutal gradients of the mountains. It was a day with the potential to be ruled by the wind, but it had a minimal impact in the end and Sky did a lot of work to gain Froome some time before the big sprint teams wound up to drag in the break and a final showdown where John Degenkolb came out in front.
Behind all of that Dave Millar is riding now with what he describes as a “permanent rock sign” after breaking two fingers in a fast crash at the weekend.
Meanwhile in Britain the home tour raced from Worcester to Bristol, so I was perhaps more interested in the end than ever. They would race up Bridge Valley Road, which offers a bit of a kick to the end. Otherwise it really started to go into familiar territory for me as it wound down the Severn valley through Gloucestershire to Bristol.
The attacks on the hill would sort out the GC and the stage win. Annoyingly for any bike bloggers it was the tricky-to-spell Kwaitkowski who made it to the line first, with the big names behind him, and Wiggins losing some time to him overall.