The first major mountain stage saw Thomas Voeckler on the attack and showing off some of his many faces of pain.
Stage 8: Castres to Ax 3 Domaines, 195km
We’re only a week and one mountainous stage into the 2013 Tour and the race already seems Sky’s to lose. A dominant Chris Froome stormed into the yellow jersey with a solo victory at the first summit finish of Ax 3 Domaines, with teammate Richie Porte completing an impressive one-two.
On this year’s centenary Tour de France the riders tackle the Pyrenees ahead of the Alps. Sunday’s stage finishes in the spa town of Bagneres-de-Bigorre, which is where we’ve based ourselves whenever we’ve ridden in the region. On every occasion the weather has been extreme, one day brilliantly sunny, the next pouring with rain. Continue reading