Tour Moments of Joy: Stage 14 – A moment for Adrien Petit

While cycling fans were treated to jaw dropping mano-a-mano racing on the slopes of Joux Plane and a scintillating downhill SWOOSH victory for Carlos Rodriguez (who would have expected two stages for the INEOS Grenadiers), I want to take a moment for Adrien Petit’s (Intermarche-Circus-Wanty) personal battle on stage 14 of the Tour de France

Adrien is one of those riders I love to watch and his Tour de France logbook posts for RFI have been wonderful.

Involved in a huge crash after only 6km of racing I feared for Adrien as he got back on his bike, leg bandaged and showing more skin than lycra on his bibs.

Over the years I have changed how I view riders racing on in the face of injuries -it’s not always the most sensible course of action. However, I have never doubted the courage it takes to get back on a bike when I know I’d be weeping on a verge and limping to the nearest sofa. He wasn’t the only rider who struggled today but as he crossed the line as last rider in a group of three, some 38 minutes behind the flying Spaniard, I breathed a huge sigh of relief.  Whether he can start tomorrow is another question. #ALLEZADRIEN

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There haven’t been a lot of crashes at The Tour this year, thank goodness. Which makes it more of jolt that we had two in such close succession with a lot of riders abandoning the race. Heal well all of you (data from first

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