Opening Up the Race
Either the toughness of the Tour up to today, or the rain soaked cobbles of the Champs Elysees had kept the race together and rather sedate. Finally, it was Andriy Grivko (Astana) who opened up the first attack. He was quickly joined by the youngest man still in the race, Louis Meintjes (MTN-Qhubeka). The pair got the peloton to start racing, unfortunately, that meant that the rest of the race were quickly on to the back wheels of the pair.