There has been a lot of head scratching in the pits this evening. Richie Rude was utterly dominant today. While he may have won the first two stages, the 33 seconds he put into everybody on the third and final stage that is just mind-blowing. It was a stage that many thought would not figure much in the fight for the win, but somehow he found the pace to put himself into a commanding position going into the second day of racing. In the women's field, Cecile Ravanel is equally dominant, but something that is expected from her this season. In the under-21 field, the two leading lights, Adrien Dailly and Seb Claquin are clear of their rivals with times that would place them both inside the senior top ten.
It's a busy evening for the mechanics tonight, working late to get the battered bikes ready for action tomorrow.
/ @davetrump / @mdelorme