This was another hard mountain stage won by one of the contenders, Simon Yates. Everyone is tired including the wearer of the yellow jersey who is showing signs of cracking. This is where a strong team is valuable to assist, but Julian Alaphilippe's team is not considered the strongest and his lead was reduced. With a Frenchman in the lead and the race in France, the crowds do not get any better than this anywhere in sports. Tomorrow is a rest day.
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