Coming straight after the rest day, the summit finish to La Pierre-Sain- Martin was set to be something of a watch and wait for the GC men, each wanting to see how the others were faring.
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That is until Chris Froome had other ideas and blew the field away with a dominant display that put Nairo Quintana in trouble and may have ended the challenges of Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali.
Away from the racing, we get behind the scenes at the world’s biggest race with a view from the LottoNL-Jumbo team car and hear a story about Tony Martin borrowing a stranger’s shorts.
These six videos have been picked out as some of the highlights of an action packed week of racing as the Tour continues apace.
Cavendish gets his win
After a couple of mistimed sprints that may have cost him this year’s green jersey, and may also mean he has to wait until next year to surpass Bernard Hinault on the list of all time Tour de France stage winners, Mark Cavendish finally got his win with a dominant sprint at the end of stage seven.
He dedicated the victory to teammate Tony Martin who crashed out the day before, and was noticeably relieved to be off the mark and take his first victory since stage 13 of the 2013 Tour.
Chris Froome lays a marker in the Pyrenees
Straight out of the rest day and straight into a summit finish. All the GC men were set to gauge each other’s form and ride accordingly.
Movistar put in the early pace to set things up for Quintana, and Sky were a happy to let them. Froome then showed his form and rode away from everyone, leaving massive time gaps between himself and those still struggling their way to the top of the climb.
Froome’s looking good, but the Tour isn’t over yet.
Froome’s stage winning bike
In an exclusive Cycling Weekly video, we talk you through the bike that Froome used to dominate the first summit finish, and the machine he hopes will cary him all the way to Paris in yellow.
Bar tape repairs on the move
Commentators often point out when a rider is being handed a sticky bottle or receiving assistance from a mechanic wielding a magic spanner. In this instance the help was a bit more ad hoc, as the LottoNL-Jumbo staffer temporarily repairs Robert Gesink’s ripped bar tape with some black electricians’ tape.
Richie Porte sneaks up on Nairo Quintana
With his job for the day done when he took Froome to the front and set him up for his victorious attack, Richie Porte clearly still had plenty left in the tank.
Climbing superbly, and all the while increasing his own value as he prepares to leave Team Sky, Porte soon had Quintana back in his sights, reeling in the seemingly unaware Movistar leader. Porte attacked past him to take second on the stage.
Tony Martin’s missing bibshorts
Tony Martin made a friend for life when a local rider named Dirk leant him a pair of bibshorts – or as Tony puts it ‘pants’ – for a recon ride of the Tour de France’s cobbled stage.
Martin has since retired from the Tour with a broken collarbone, an incident that didn’t happen on the cobbles; thanks no doubt to Dirk’s spare kit.