That was a rather sad showing over the final mountain stages, with only Contador and Martin making any serious attempt to unseat Froome. Bardet, Uran, Aru, and Yates seemed happy to just sit in Froome’s wheel and concede the win. It’s disappointing that so much of the peloton is unwilling to take risks.

Congrats to Matthews, it’s great to see another Aussie in Green, and while he somewhat lucked into it, he put in the hard work and it’s well deserved.

Jodie Whittaker is Doctor number 13 😁

Glad we finally get a female Doctor and will be interesting to see how they play it. Just happy to see Chibnall mix things up. The last few season of Moffatt/Capaldi was a bit of a drag.

It’s a freezing morning. There’s nice warm sun to lie in. Obviously Fable chooses to sleep in the shade where it’s cold.

Stage 13

Short stages always promise fireworks, and stage 13 didn’t disappoint, with a frenetic pace and lots of attacks. The most interesting story for me, was Landa going on the attack with Contador and pulling back significant time on Froome. I wonder how loyal he will be if he feels he is stronger that Froome in the final week. Landa has to regret 2015, when he helped Aru when he was much stronger, and surrendered a potential Giro win to Contador. I’d hope Sky would let him take his chance if Froome clearly can’t keep up with him. 

The second major story was the resurgence of Quintana. After being dropped early on stage 12, he bridged across to Contador and Landa comfortably and kept pace to the finish, pulling back big time on the leaders to bring him back within stricking distance. There are now eight riders with a reasonable shot at yellow. 

Finally, Froome tried several times to get away from Aru, who handled the attacks fairly easily. 

We now have two flatter stages, which should take the pressure off the GC guys until the rest day on Monday.