Vittel – Colmar (200 km)
The television coverage today started just after the Tour left the lakeside town of Gérardmer and began the ascent of the Col de la Schlucht. Such a shame that it was such terrible weather. The Vosges scenery should have been wonderful but we saw none through the mist and driving rain. We visited Alsace in 2005 just after the Tour went through on their last visit to this region. We saw tour related roadside displays still in place and the inevitable writing on the roads where the riders had gone through just a few weeks before. Here is one of my photos of the town of Munster, definitely a place to visit again. In the foreground are the ruins of the Abbey where the famous Munster Géromé cheese was originally made by the monks. On the roof behind you can just about see the equally famous storks of the region in their giant nests, now thriving due to a very successful breeding programme following a decline in their numbers and much encouraged by the local people. The tour finished today in the town of Colmar, also well worth a visit with its picturesque houses with wooden beams and multi-coloured plaster, especially in the little Venice area.
The race was won today by Heinrich Haussler. Thor Hushovd came over the line in 6th place and takes the green jersey back from Mark Cavendish who had a fall and crossed the finish line well down the field. Bradley Wiggins is still doing well, crossing the line in 8th place and in 4th place overall in the race for the yellow jersey.
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
Stage 6 – Thor Hushovd
Stage 7 – Brice Feillu
Stage 8 – Luis León Sánchez
Stage 9 – Pierrick Fédrigo
Stage 10 – Mark Cavendish
Stage 11 – Mark Cavendish (regains green for Stage 12)
Stage 12 – Nicki Sørensen
Stage 13 – Heinrich Haussler