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 hope Cofidis have another bottle of bubbly ready to pop for Ion Izaguirre tonight. Holy moly what a panachetastic victory on a bat-shit crazy stage 12 of the Tour de France. On any other day a second victory in as many weeks for the Mighty ‘Dis would be my moment of joy, my head tells me so. Except, you see, there was also a rather magnificent Thibaut Pinot attack (Groupama-FDJ) – and the heart wants what it wants.
Hello and welcome to the VeloVoices Tour de France Moments of Joy, where some stages you might have one post and another you might have five … depending on who has been at VeloVoices Towers that day. Today was a day where French fans were at VV HQ, so here is Kathi’s Moment of Joy