Lance was awarded his weight in champagne at the start of today's stage.
Poor local boy Mengin, poised to win on a breakaway and then losing it in the final turn. His rendez-vous ended up being with the barriers instead of the podium. Rain-soaked roads make for interesting - and often dangerous - finishes.
Basso is in 9th place, 1'26" behind Lance. And the mountains are beckoning.
Basso before today's stage, picture from here