Stage 13 in this year’s Tour de France didn’t really have a level bit of road through the whole 191kms. Seven categorised climbs with a super-steep summit finish, it was a day for the breakaway. It started with a group of 5 including Julian Alaphilippe, growing to 15 with riders like Dan Martin and Marc Soler, then it quite simply blew itself apart with two climbs to go. Bora’s Max Schachmann went off on his own, followed by his teammate Leonard Kämna and EF’s Dani Martinez. When they caught Schachmann on the high slopes of Le Puy Mary, Martinez took over and Kamna couldn’t go round him. A spirited sprint to the line gave the EF rider his first Tour de France stage win. The GC got shook, but mainly by yellow jersey holder Primoz Roglic and compatriot Tadej Pogacar who took time on their rivals.
This week, we had cancelled races, teams quarantined and teams who took themselves out of races. But we did have some racing – in the rain a lot of the time – but we *always* have robust discussions on Twitter, no matter what. We also end the column with a tribute to Nicolas Portal.
All roads lead to Rome they say, but my-oh-my WHAT a roller-coaster of a week it took to get there. The Giro is never over until the last finish line is crossed and the final stages spun riders and fans upside down and sideways.