Australia’s Ben O’Connor rode the race of his life to become the 14th Aussie to win a stage at the Tour De France. Ben closed down the leading Colombian pair of Hinguita and Quintana in the final 30km to go on to a solo victory at the Cluses to Tignes 145km race. Mattia Cattaneo of Italy was a distant second while Italian champ Colbrelli finishing third. The weather was darn wretched , with the winding narrow winding roads making it tricky , rain having made the surface slippery. McNulty of the UAE team got the taste of that slipping into a ditch at around the 35km mark luckily no harm done. Tadej Pogacar attacked from the lagging peloton to seize control of the GC standings just when it looked like Ben was going to seize first place on the GC.

The defending champ from Slovenia attacking with precision, he sure knows when to do it, to extend his lead on the GC to 32 seconds. With Mathieu van Poel abandoning the Tour de France to concentrate on the Olympics(curious decision) first place became fair game. Ben O’Connor , who was not going for the GC top before this one surely now has eyes of at least seizing the lead on stage 10 after the rest day today.