Richie Porte climbs the standings, Bennett shows his rugby skills in spectator shoulder barge, and Howard goes downhill really, really, really fast.
Porte (BMC Racing) proved that his race isn't over on the ascent to Arcalis, animating the race with multiple attacks. He crossed the line just behind Chris Froome, clawing back time on all but three of his GC rivals and climbing to 14th overall.
Porte also outclassed BMC's joint team leader Tejay Van Garderen on the climb, with Van Garderen coming in 36 seconds behind Porte.
Porte could still leapfrog a number of riders ahead of him on the general classificatoin. Of the 13 riders ahead of him, only Froome, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Romain Bardet (AG2R) are proven over a three-week race - suggesting that a podium position is well within reach.
Porte's spirits were clearly higher after the stage finish.
“I put some time into some other General Classification guys so it’s a good day. I need to get time back so that’s what I was thinking [when I attacked in the final]," he said. "It would have been nice to get a bit more of a gap but I’m guessing that they’re not just going to let me ride away like that."