Stage 20. The last mountain stage of the last Tour de France Thibaut Pinot will ride was utterly exuberant. Sure there was no fairy tale, stage winning ending but we got a show of magnificent, imperious stomping as Tibo rode solo on his home climb in front of a wall of adoring fans. I can’t think of a more fitting moment of joy.
I have so much respect for a rider that wants to be King of the Mountains. Someone who rides day after day racking up points. Someone who has his whole team on board. Someone who embraces the #fullpolkapox style with such verve. Someone who has the biggest smile when they clinch those bonifications. This year that someone is Giulio Ciccone (Lidl-Trek) and that’s why he’s my Moment of Joy for Stage 20 of the Tour de France.