If only Saddles could always count on a good bit of old fashioned fisticuffs to stop him from having to write about Mark Cavendish for a third successive day, eh?
So a big thank you goes out to Quick Step's Carlos Barredo and the former Benfica midfielder Rui Costa for livening things up on the longest, hottest and - at least so far - dullest day of this year's Tour.
With Mark Renshaw having expertly led his HTC-Columbia team-mate to a second stage win in successive days, a gripping subplot played out as the peloton congregated on the finish line.
Brandishing one of his wheels and seething with rage, Barredo seemingly inexplicably launched himself at the tall Caisse d'Epargne rider with all the force of Adam Sandler in Waterboy.
As the crowd lurched back - amid typically French cries of "Woah woah woah!"- Costa got the initial upper hand by shrewdly managing to disarm his assailant, depriving the Spaniard of his weapon of choice, the humble wheel.
Air-punches were then exchanged in rapid succession - admittedly with all the panache and force you'd expect from men with twiglet arms who have just finished riding 227km across baking central France.
Barredo then showed the kind of balance he displayed in the prologue of last year's Vuelta, slipping to the ground before the action had really begun and pulling his opponent with him while exclaiming the trusty tried-and-tested combination of "puta" and "madre" at the top of his voice.
A major ruckus was avoided when a load of bodies waded in to separate the pugilists, including a Rabobank soigneur who subsequently took it upon himself to square up to a rather hefty bearded press hound. You couldn't make it up if you had to.
Watching the footage, Saddles made the punch count at six to three in Barredo's favour - meaning the Spaniard is a shoo-in for the day's combativity award.
Just what could have provoked Barredo into taking such drastic action may never be known, although rumours suggest it had something to do with Paul the German Octopus.
RED HOT CAV: Victory for you know who means Cav equals Miguel Indurain's Tour stage count of 12 and moves the Manxman a little bit closer to Thor Hushovd in the race for the green jersey.
The Norwegian finished a lowly 10th and seems no match for Cav now he's regained his blistering form. In fact, no one looked anywhere near Cav out there on Friday - although the same could have been said about Alessandro Petacchi days earlier.
The first 220km of the stage were a tedious affair and brought to an end the constantly changing dramatics of the opening week of the race.
Saddles was so bored he flicked over to a news-based website, where he read an article about the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair meeting nine boys named after him on a visit to Kosovo.
It got BS thinking; who in the peloton shares his name with the most people worldwide? Saddles would wager his house that it's Tony Martin. There must be thousands of Tony Martins all over the world - the majority of whom, funnily enough, almost certainly not German.
Anyway, chapeau to Cav for restoring sprinting to its natural hierarchy, and to Tyler Farrar for fighting to second place despite his broken wrist and chipped elbow. Tough guy is our Tyler - not the kind of rider anyone would pick a fight with, even Carlos Barredo.
Quote of the day #1: "The team did a magic lead out again." Robbie Hunter is quite right - Garmin's final run in was quite the disappearing act.
Quote of the day #2: "Some c---head from the organisation, chaperone for the winner, jumped straight out in front of me trying to run back to get the winner for the podium. He jumped straight into me handlebars. I was doing sixty-f------ K an hour." Robbie McEwen also had a feisty finish after being knocked form his bike.
Word of the day: Barredon't - n. a type of Spanish dance that involves swinging your arms around in an ungainly action. Eg. It takes two too tango but any old fool can do the barredon't.
Stage seven prediction: The Tour covers fresh territory on Saturday, both starting and finishing in first-time towns. Tournus is the birthplace of painter Jean-Baptiste Greuze, famous for painting pictures of the young Napoleon. Sammy Dumoulin, as the peloton's smallest rider, may feel inspired. Meanwhile, the finish is in Les Rousses, the birthplace of skiing in France. That should be enough to spur on David Millar, who shares the surname of US ski titan Bode Miller (kind of).
Plat du jour: This is cheese country so tuck in to a platter with local comte and morbier varieties. To drink, sommelier Saddles suggests a Caves de Pyrene, a wonderfully traditional red from the Jura, blazing with character and hints of cherry.
Peleton prattle: Which RadioShack roomies can't wait to try out their dinky bunk beds tonight?
Uses for Carlos Barredo or Rui Costa #1: Tyler Durden
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