Le Cap d’Agde – Perpignan (196.5 km)
The first part of the ride today from Cap d’Agde to Narbonne was on familiar territory from our 2007 holiday, but the latter section was unfamiliar. The ride was along the coast by the edge of the Etang de Leucate and on to Port Bacarès (pictured) with a backdrop of the distant Pyrennees.
There was an exciting end today with Thomas Voeckler, who did well some years ago but not so much in the Tour de France recently, rode away to victory in Perpignan within the last 6 kilometres, with no one else able to keep up with him. Mark Cavendish came in third and continues to wear green, with Fabian Cancellara still in yellow.
Stage 1 – Fabian Cancellara (to wear yellow for Stage 2) – 3rd Bradley Wiggins
Stage 2 – Mark Cavendish (will wear green for Stage 3)
Stage 3 – Mark Cavendish (will wear green for Stage 4)
Stage 4 – Team Astana
Stage 5 – Thomas Voeckler – 3rd Mark Cavendish