Garmin-Sharp have Langeveld in the break today, but they lost their leader Andrew Talansky who decided not to start the stage. The 25-year-old had suffered two heavy crashes int he first week and the injuries proved too much for him. Cyclingnews' Barry Ryan caught up with Talansky's directeur sportif Charly Wegelius ahead of today's stage.
""We made the decision late last night. It was important for him to be able to talk face to face with his teammates over breakfast this morning. It was a very painful decision for him, but it’s for the best," said Wegelius. "We sat and spoke with him and went over all of the different scenarios that could be left for him in the Tour, and the state of his health. He had a rest day and his body didn’t react the way he wanted so unfortunately it was time to make a calculation."
"He’s disappointed but of course he’ll bounce back. It’s a scenario he’s lived for a few days. It’s painful what he went through and we were hoping for a better reaction from his body during the rest day but you could see yesterday that he was really struggling with it.
"One door closes and many more open. There are eight riders on the bus and each one of them, if they find themselves in the right position, they can win a stage of the Tour. For them it’s a big chance."