Putting up with none of the gurning shenanigans of Thomas Voeckler on the final descent, Mick Rogers warmed the heart of Oleg Tinkov once again by winning stage 16 solo. Vincenzo Nibali stayed in yellow but Thibaut Pinot put the thumbscrews on Romain Bardet to take third overall.
It’s the drama, the passion, the heartbreak, the moments of humour and kindness that makes cycling so wonderful and this Tour has it in spades. This week’s Tour Tweets is all about the emotions of the race. Oh and hair. Continue reading
Let’s hope the riders rested well yesterday, because today sees them tackle the Tour’s longest stage of 23.7.5km – that’s six hours-plus in the saddle. The route looks like the planners played mountain category bingo: two cat 4s, the cat 2 Col de Portet d’Aspet and a cat 3, all come before the hors catégorie Port de Balès, and the final swoop down to finish at Bagnères-de-Luchon. Continue reading