Day three belonged to the lowlands. A delivery of such promise from a young Belgian hotshot. A whole orange podium as a triptych of insanely strong Dutch women time- trialled to perfection on the road to Innsbruck.
Ring those bells and hang out the bleu-blanc-rouge bunting, stage 10 of the Tour de France gave us a French victory full of fight and Gallic flair!!! Julian Alaphilippe attacked on the first of five climbs to force the break, teased all his companions to breaking point, before launching a solo raid on the Col de Romme that no one could match. One seat-of-the-pants Col de la Colombière descent later, and he was over the finish line in tears of joy to claim his first Tour de France victory and a trip to the King of the Mountains podium as well. Race leader Greg Van Avermaet was simply majestic. Not only did he get into the break, he climbed like a mountain goat to finish fourth and extend his lead to over 2 minutes on a whole flock of GC contenders.
It’s been an amazing season in the women’s peloton. We asked Scott from Velocast to make the nominations – but if he’s missed someone, you can write them in … Make sure you VOTE!