1. BRITTANY BEAUTY: If any region can be considered the heart of French cycling, it's Brittany. On Tuesday, Brittany's black-and-white flags — with a striped motif that's somewhat reminiscent of the U.S. flag — flew in large numbers on roadsides as riders cut a 122.4-mile, south-to-north swath through Brittany for Stage 10, won by Germany's Marcel Kittel at the walled city of Saint-Malo.
2. BUS CRUSH: The crush of autograph-seeking fans, harried team staffers in cars, journalists and weary, adrenaline-charged riders can make for chaos after a Tour stage. One such episode broke out Tuesday at the Omega Pharma Quickstep bus, where journalists sought comment from
3. BRAND-NEW BIKE BITS: When you ride as fast as Cavendish does, it's important to be able to slow down too. He has been experimenting with cutting-edge hydraulic brakes, instead of the old-fashioned cable-activated ones, on and off since the first stage. But Cavendish hasn't used the brakes every day at the Tour, and wasn't using them Tuesday.
4. HISTORY GALORE: Tour riders will get a varied dose of history for the Stage 11 time trial. The ride starts in Avranches, then, it's a 20.5-mile ride over to the breathtaking island citadel of Mont-Saint-Michel, listed as a World Heritage site by the
5. TICK, TOCK:
Stage 10 results
1. Marcel Kittel, Germany, 4:53:25.
3. Mark Cavendish, England, same time.
1. Chris Froome, England, 41:52:43.
2. Alejandro Valverde, Spain, 1:25 behind.