A New Rockstar – Peter Sagan has now won three stages of the Tour this year: two uphill sprints, and a straight-up bunch kick.

I’ve already mentioned it, but he’s still got more than ten Tours de France in his future (all things being well).

How good is this kid going to be? A New Rockstar?

I’m already looking forward to a year when Peter Sagan and Cav are genuinely duelling for the Green Jersey (when Cav’s team are backing him for it, rather than putting their eggs in both the yellow and green baskets) – sport is so great when super talents go head to head!

Peter Sagan
There’s been some pretty big crashes this year, particularly today.

In other news for the stage, sadly Ryder Hesjedal’s battle for the overall is done before it really got underway.

Other big names to be out of the battle for Yellow (or more realistically, high GC finishes) include Alejandro Valverde and Robert Gesink.

That is the first week of racing at the Tour – frantic, dangerous, and desperation-filled; and sadly there are almost always riders who will suffer for it. A New Rockstar.