What He Was Afraid Of
Richie Porte (Team Sky) and his teammate, Geraint Thomas got over the final climb with about 15 seconds in hand over the Yellow Jersey of Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx Quickstep) but he wasn't about to play it safe. Unfortunately, the very thing he feared happen on the descent of the Cote de Peille. Fortunately, it was a much safer corner than some of the unprotected drop offs on the previous descent. Although it happened off camera, Thomas also took a spill, allowing Kwiatkowski to join back up with the Team Sky men. Now instead of fighting it out between each other, the trio had to give chase to the fleeing Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal). Gallopin's earlier attack and superior descending had him in with a real chance to steal the Maillot Jaune from all three of them. Quite a feat considering he started the day in sixth overall!