Of the 21 stages raced, the muddy cobbles
on Stage 5 definitely proved the most
feared and troublesome for all the riders.
To the delight of the French, 37-year-old
former mountain biker Jean-Christophe
Peraud finished second overall, giving the
host country their first podium finisher
since 1997. His compatriot Thibaut Pinot
(number 127) finished in third and took the
young rider’s jersey.