The Wall Street Journal: Tour de France gets some much-needed chaos

The Tour de France hit the most grueling stage of the race so far on Saturday, rolling through the Jura hills so fast that it briefly rediscovered something it had lost in recent years: a little bit of chaos.

The 116.5-mile, up-and-down stage brought a mess of attacks, huge fractures in the peloton, and a surprise win for a French Tour rookie who nearly cramped his way out of contention. Two different riders threatened to steal the leader’s yellow jersey. In fact, the pace was so high that rider Geraint Thomas said there wasn’t even time for a “nature break.”

For fans and Tour de France romantics, it was exactly what this race had been missing.

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