The race of truth. 22.5km with 33 corners to make the nerves jangle and a savage climb to test the legs and the gearing choices. Maciej Bodnar covered the course in a silky smooth 28.15 mins, beating fellow Pole Michal Kwiatkowski by a single second to take a hugely popular victory. Rigoberto Uran outpaced Romain Bardet to jump onto the second step of the podium despite a contretemps with the barriers. The Frenchman had a nightmare on his TT bike, giving everything to just retain third place by a second from a charging Mikel Landa. Chris Froome never looked anything less than the winner of this year’s Grand Bouclé. Nearly catching Bardet on the line to finish 4th on the day and ride into Paris 54secs to the good.