Monday was the first rest day of the 2008 Tour de France. As we predicted before the break, Cadel Evans let loose in Stage 10 to take the yellow jersey and a commanding lead over his rivals. There are 5 more stages before another rest day, and these stages will be pretty dull. Here is a recap of the upcoming stages so you know when to actually pay attention:
Tuesday, Stage 11: The riders are well-rested and with the upcoming short stages, I expect the riders who are anywhere from 1-4 mins back to attack the yellow jersey [pay attention if you have nothing else to do].
Wednesday, Stage 12: Relatively flat, nothing exciting will happen [Ignore this stage].
Thursday, Stage 13: Very flat stage and nothing will happen [Ignore this stage].
Friday, Stage 14: Slightly longer stage, which could favor a breakaway, but the yellow jersey team will defend the lead [Ignore this stage].
Saturday, Stage 15: Will be good on tv with a huge climb in the beginning, but the design of the stage doesn’t lend to a switch in the yellow jersey [Ignore this stage].
Sunday: Rest day again [Ignore this day].
Next week: Stages 16-20 are actually VERY exciting and will determine the 2008 tour winner. I expect Cadel Evans will wear yellow at least until stage 16. Then it’s up for grabs.