Saxo-Tinkoff attack en bloc to distance yellow jersey Chris Froome. The white British champion’s jersey of Mark Cavendish can just be seen at the back, having been the last man to latch on to the group. Cavendish went on to win the stage, Froome lost 1:09 to several of his key rivals.
Stage 13: Tours to St-Amand-Montrond, 173km
This 100th Tour continues to astound and thrill in equal measure. On a seemingly innocuous day containing one fourth-category hill, a combination of crosswinds and aggressive riding by Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Belkin and Saxo-Tinkoff shook up the GC, destroyed the hopes of Alejandro Valverde and recouped much of the gains made by Chris Froome in Wednesday’s time trial. Mark Cavendish‘s second victory was a footnote on a day of rare drama. For those who thought the race was over: think again.
Sheree brings us a pictorial diary from her recent trip to the 100th Tour de France.
The Tour came to me this year, landing in Nice for the team time trial after three stages on the idyllic island of Corsica. However, I was working all day on my friends’ stand selling the G4 Eurosport Centenary Collection to the many tourists in town for the Tour. Luckily one of my friends was happy to share a few of his photographs.