Day 1 of the Pyrenees isn't too hard by the Tour's standards, but it's an uphill finish nonetheless, and it should shake up the general classification standings, if not as significantly as Stage 9 did.
"It was quite a nervous day in case the crosswinds really kicked off", the three-time Tour victor said.
Most of the Tour de France riders have lost their ability to race and their sponsors should be asking for their money back, three-time champion Greg LeMond said on Tuesday as he lashed out against the "unwritten rules" of cycling.
"The last games I've always got the right gaps. I will have to stick to him like glue".
Germany's Marcel Kittel, wearing the green jersey, Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Germany's Christian Knees ride in the pack during the 11th stage of the Tour de France.
Fifth-place Jakob Fuglsang, another Astana rider who was expected to play a key role alongside Aru in the mountains, was also caught in the crash and hit the desk but he was able to finish the stage.
Nearly every rider will go out and train for an hour or two Monday just to keep their bodies from shutting down.
The Tour kicks off in the Pyrenees on Stage 12 which covers 214.5 km with six category climbs.
With barely 500m to go Bodnar was swept up, and from there it was just a matter of watching the peerless Kittel powering to a fifth stage win of this year's Tour.
When Froome was asked if he is planning to attack in Thursday's stage 12, he said: "I don't need to at this point. but let's see out on the road". "Or do we give it a miss and stop going for the intermediate (sprints) and just go for stage wins?"
Froome and some others believe the unwritten rules of the peloton stipulate that you don't attack the yellow jersey if he is not in the capacity to respond.
It is Rowe's job to watch and listen at the front of the peloton, to decide which moves by rivals to respond to and which can be allowed to play out. "Then you take the exam and get home from the exam and then the next day you have the flu", Vaughters said. "It's a job. It's something I've taken on in the past couple of years".
Toward the end, the sprinters' teams organized the chase, reducing the deficit of the peloton to a little more than two minutes with 40 kilometers left.
"It's true, it's incredible, I can't even tell you how proud I am", said Quick-Step's Kittel.