WHAT A STAGE. LANCE PROBABLY KNEW WE WERE HOSTING A SCREENING AT LOOK MUM NO HANDS AND DECIDED TO GIVE THE PACKED OUT CAFE/BAR SOMETHING TO OOH AND AARRHH ABOUT.
The eventful stage began with a crash involving world champion Cadel and Jerome Pineau but the second crash at 50km sent Lance sliding along the tarmac after clipping his pedal on a roundabout. "Oooooh," came the noise from the crowd with several in the audience wincing.
Before long the pantomime cries were ringing out around the cafe as the this year's main characters appeared on the big screen.
'Booos' as Lance made it back to the bunch and cheers as he slipped back off. Cheering when Bradley was seen out at the front then words of encouragement as he began to be distanced.
The stage was far from over as Astana ramped up the pace on the final part of the ascent. Then the attacks began, Menchov then Contador and finally Andy Schlek and each time "Chapeau" rang out following by clapping and cheering.
Throughout the stage we found homes for our prizes by pulling names from a Champagne bucket. The final prize of Mavic Zxellium shoes was up for grabs after Andy Schlek climbed to his stage victory.
We'll be back at Look Mum No Hands on Thursday 22nd July to give away more prizes from Condor, Mavic and Science in Sport. We'll be watching the highlights of what looks like it will be an epic day climbing the Tourmalet.
Join us for a beer, wine or coke and soak up the atmosphere with Condor and Mavic celebrating the Tour 2010.