Julian Alaphilippe mastered the descent of the Col du Portillon in swashbuckling style to claim his second victory on Stage 16 of the Tour de France. The Frenchman caught and passed an unfortunate Adam Yates who fell on one of the tricky corners whilst leading, and soloed in with plenty of time to enjoy the adulation of the crowd. There was little action on GC and everything remains poised for a hopefully GC-defining, 65km stage 17. [And we’ll be here for the WHOLE THING! – ed]
The second week of the Tour de France has come and gone, but the tweets live on forever. We have Julian Alapolkadot, whale-watching in the peloton, Cav‘s cutest fan, Fabs eating a giant cookie and Moms who love the Tour – and people who love France. Plus so so much more!
With so many marquee sprinters missing and a prestigious Tour de France victory up for grabs, stage 13 was only ever going to end in a sprint finish. Exuding cool calm, Peter Sagan surfed wheels on the run in then timed his sprint and bike throw to perfection to pip Alexander Kristoff and Arnaud Demare for his hat trick. There was no change on GC except the sad news that Vincenzo Nibali had to retire from the race due to injuries received when he was brought down on stage 12.