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Tour de France Stage 16
Another circus day at the Tour. Protesters 30km from the finish were neutralized with pepper spray by police which got in the riders lungs and eyes. Bringing the race to a complete stop. Philipe Gilbert would attack out of the break on the Col de Portet d’Aspet on the descent he would crash and go over the stone barrier in spectacular fashion. He would go on to finish the race with a broken kneecap. Then Adam Yates (GBR) crested the final climb with a 32 second gap and looked poised to win the stage. He would crash on the descent and Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) came flying by to take the win. This sport is so crazy. Every descent riders take their lives into their own hands risking injury or worse to win a stage.
Tour de France Stage 17
I never thought I’d see Chris Froome (GBR) get dropped. And there it was. His teammate Egan Bernal (COL) was the last domestique standing and setting the pace for the select small group up the final climb. Froome looked to be struggling at times. Dangling a bit then he would move up behind Geraint Thomas (GBR). Meanwhile Nairo Quintana (COL) is ahead with Dan Martin (IRL) in between. Both not serious threats on GC. Tom Dumoulin (NED) rode next to Froome quite a bit and could sense the struggle. But it was Primoz Roglic (SLO) who attacked first and then Froome came unhitched. Dumoulin would go next and he and Roglic would work together. Thomas was comfortably in tow. While first and second seem to be tied up. Third place is still up for grabs. I still think it is crazy that Dumoulin & Froome rode the Giro at such a high level and now the Tour. Hasn’t been done in a long time. Primoz Roglic is the revelation of 2018. Quintana salvaged his Tour but Movistar’s three headed monster is not a good tactic.
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