Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel broke down in tears after winning his first stage ever in the Tour de France today. Chavanel has been around a long time– this is his eighth Tour. He won the climber’s polka dot jersey in stage six and was in breakaways with unsuccessful effect. This is the best day of his cycling career. Not a bad parting gift. Chavanel is leaving team Cofidis for Quick Step.
With only two days left in the Tour, Italy’s Little Prince Damian Cunego, who had high expectations but horrible results, withdrew after yesterday’s crash that left him with a stitched chin. It’s tough to leave the race so close to the finish. Maybe Cunego had no choice. His injury will heal, but the anguish of quitting never goes away.