It was almost inevitable that Chris Froome would be asked about doping at the press conference on Monday. He says that is it sad that, the day after the biggest victory of his life, he is answering questions about cheating. Both he and Sky deny any allegations.
Today’s stage takes the riders over some bumpy terrain.
Saxo-Tinkoff are determined that the tour is not over yet. Sky are down to seven men which limits their ability to protect Froome. Whether or not Saxo-Tinkoff try to take advantage of that to regain time that Contador has lost remains to be seen. Certainly they are the stronger team leading as they do in that classification.
On the other hand we may have to wait until the formidable stage 18 with its double ascent of Alp d’Huez. That is one stage I do not want to miss even if I have to listen to a German commentary! Following that there is the challenge of Stage 19 with two HC climbs and Stage 20 with a stiff 10.7 km climb at the end of a short ride. After that it will be a pleasant run into Paris.