To paraphrase Gary Lineker: sprinting is a simple game. One hundred and eighty men battle on the roads of France for 190km and at the end, Mark Cavendish always wins. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but if you had told me at the start of the year that Cav would win three stages of the 2021 Tour de France and hold a 59-point lead in the green jersey competition, I would have laughed in your face. Yet here we are. A sensational third stage win for the Manx Missile on Stage 10, following a chaotic run into Valence through blustery crosswinds. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) finishes safely in the bunch, keeping his 2:01 lead over Ben O’Connor (Ag2r) intact and the yellow jersey firmly on his shoulders.
Tour de France 2021 just gets crazier and more chaotic as the stages go on. Looking through all the great photographs and videos that have been coming through the twitterstream (and insta!), I decided that this particular Tweets of the Week will be photography based. Some absolutely stunning shots in here – the pain, the joy, the tears, the confusion … Enjoy!