Todays stage was mostly through flat agricultural countryside, the Route des Vins de Borgogne with its vineyards and following for most of the way the course of the River Saône. There were a string of small rural villages and towns, notably St Désert, Sercy and Pont de Vaux and many attractive chateaux: Chateau de Rully, Chateau to Germolles, Chateau de Sercy, Chateau de Cormatin and Chateau de Brancion. There were just two low category climbs and a long straight run to the finish line to Bourg-en-Bresse where the
helicopter aerial views showed the impressive Monastère Royal de Brou (pictured) which had a fine example of the coloured tile roof typical of the region and Notre Dame Cathedral.
This was Briton Bradley Wiggins’ day. He was a lone breakaway rider leaving the Peloton after 2km and being caught just 7km from the finish line on the 199.5km stage. Despite of having sustained collision damage to his bicycle earlier in the race and being stuck in a large gear, Tom Boonen (Quickstep Innergetic) charged around the field and finally managed to get a stage win, with Bradley Wiggins justly earning the combativity title.
RESULTS (British riders in italics)
STAGE WINNER – Tom Boonen (Quickstep Innergetic)
2nd Oscar Freire (Rabobank) – 3rd Eric Zabel (Milram)
YELLOW (individual) – Fabien Cancellara (CSC)
4th David Millar (Saunier Duval)
POLKA DOT (climber) – Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis)
7th David Millar (Saunier Duval) – 8th Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis)
GREEN (points) – Tom Boonen (Quickstep Innergetic)
WHITE (under 25) – Vladimir Gusev (Discovery)
COMBATATIVE – Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis)
LEADING TEAM – CSC