Chris Froome is the favourite to take over the maillot jaune this afternoon but Sky will have to drop best young rider Michal Kwiatowski (5th at 6 seconds) if they are to do so. The Pole’s directeur sportif Rolf Aldag assessed his chances of assuming the overall lead this morning.
“He invested some energy already in lead-outs and yellow was never really the task,” Aldag said. “We’ll see how far he gets but today is going to be difficult. It’s one of the days where it’s long and flat but the Tour favourites might not want to have the jersey so early.
“It would be crazy for Michal to try and get in the break, he has to ride conservatively but how long he can last, I have no idea. He has to find his own rhythm and we’ll put everyone next to him to support him as good as possible but we have to see what we can do. It’s really more about him riding his own tempo and not over doing it.
“I have no clue what the GC guys are going to do today. When you see some of them like Froome attacking like he did early in the race, you really start wondering when did you start winning a Tour by being so aggressive so early. I think you win the Tour by waiting and waiting and then going just when you have to.”