Stage 12 of the Tour de France saw the GC favourites take the day off, allowing Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) to take the stage win in the peloton’s first day in the Pyrenees. Julian Alaphilippe holds yellow for another day, but the main excitement of the day revolved around the strange case of a “missing” Bahrain rider.
Kathi, Midge and Euan sit down and chew over the first week of 2019’s Tour de France. They discuss the heroes and those that haven’t quite made the grade. Questions asked include
- Why do people want Julian Alaphilippe to change?
- Polka dot bike… why?
- Can Thibaut Pinot go on and win the whole thing?
- Which stage could Midge not bear to watch?
Plus Chris Froome‘s sniffles, Thomas de Gendt‘s piercing and a the man who added a little extra gravel.
What. A. Stage. So often grand tour racing seduces us with a promising parcours and riders full of intent. So often we’re let down as teams play it safe and we’re left with a race as predictable as a superhero movie at the local multiplex.
But not today! Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) took a superb solo win in Saint-Etienne, holding off a fast-charging Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Julian Alaphilippe (QuickStep). The dashing Frenchman retakes the maillot jaune for Bastille Day, while Pinot has done his chances no harm whatsoever climbing to third on GC.