Now It's Porte's Turn
Team Sky chased hard catching Michal Kwiatkowski about half way up the Cote de Peille, then it was time for a flurry of attacks. Attacks that started with Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) and then iwas the Danish National Champion, Michael Valgren (Tinkoff Saxo). Once Valgren had been caught, it was Richie Porte's (Team Sky) time to attack. While he wasn't able to get away from Simon Slipak (Katusha) or Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) he was leaving Kwiatkowski behind and riding himself into the Yellow Jersey. Or at the very least making it so it would be Kwiatkowski who had to chase on the final descent down to the coast and the city of Nice. Porte wanted a buffer between himself and the Maillot Jaune so he could use just a little more care on the steep, wet descent.