NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES, France (VN) — What a year to broadcast the Tour de France live on TV, start-to-finish every day.

Just when cycling started to embrace the idea that short is the new long, the 2017 Tour is going old-school in its first week.

Take away a few dramatic moments — Tuesday’s “SaganGate” or Wednesday’s Belles Filles summit finale — and so far this Tour’s been short on exclamation points.

“It’s all part of racing for three weeks in a grand tour,” said Orica-Scott’s Mathew Hayman. “I understand the fans, being on the other side, waiting for something to happen. These are long days for everyone.”

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