Some nice fireworks to wrap up the day. Teams fell away early and lead to single riders battling it out.
Fantastic ride by Aru to take the win and put 15-20 seconds into all his rivals. I really liked his shot coming into the Tour this year, and this was a good early statement to make. Dan Martin continues to be a bargain Velogames pick (one I didn't make unfortunately). Richie Porte tried to pull at times, didn't gain ground, but at least showed he was Froome's equal today. Froome obviously strong as usual, rode into yellow. But Sky was more isolated than I expected earlier in the climb.
Quintana clearly not recovered from Giro, or he's seriously missing Valverde's guidance, as he broke off the main contenders and didn't look good. Got swept up by Contador, who also wasn't really a factor.
Both Barguil and Pinot said coming in that they weren't on form and peaking for the Tour, both popped early, but the great French hope from last year still there as Bardet came across in 5th, losing a few seconds to yellow; he still has a lot of time to make up from the ITT.
Two young guys I was keeping an eye on was Meintjes and Chaves. Meintjes held his own, coming across 40 sec back with the yellow jersey. Chaves really disappointed at almost 2 minutes back; I know he's a kid, but really expected him to surprise in the positive, but he hurt today.
1. Fabio Aru
2. Dan Martin, 0.16
3. Chris Froome, 0.20
4. Richie Porte, 0.20
5. Romain Bardet, 0.24
New GC standings:
1. Chris Froome
2. Geraint Thomas, 0.12
3. Fabio Aru, 0.14
4. Dan Martin, 0.25
5. Richie Porte, 0.39
[Post edited by HooSingleBarrel at 07/05/2017 11:53AM]