Everything is still to play for at this year’s Tour de France with just over 2 mins separating the top 6 (at time of writing). We’ve got a raft of very capable winners all vying for victory, but what’s the latest news?
Geraint Thomas is always a good place to start. Reigning champion and contending once again, Thomas had a freak crash on stage 16, but luckily there doesn’t appear to be any long-lasting damage – cuts and scrapes will be joining him for those alpine climbs to come. It was on the final flat day before Paris when Thomas jumped and jammed his gears, throwing him out of balance on a corner (should have had a havebike service! 😉 ). Nothing too serious, as he was able to quickly jump back on and get back to the group, but alarming all the same, and not what the doctor ordered on a boiling hot and difficult day.
Not so lucky was Jakob Fuglsang who crashed out on the same stage and will be very disappointed to be leaving on form, falling out from 9th overall.
With only a few competitive days left it’s still really close to call. At the time of writing, Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe is in yellow, but there are maybe 5 or 6 who could knock him off the top spot. We’ve not had a dominant rider or team this year, meaning the race is close, exciting and unpredictable. One of the best in a while.
One to watch for a podium is Emanuel Buchmann, who has been riding along under the radar only 2 mins behind the leader (at time of writing). Only his 4th Tour de France, and he’d be the first German on the podium for 13 years. Another to watch out for, maybe for the overall win, is Egan Bernal, Thomas’ teammate at Team Ineos… he’s waiting to pounce.
In short, it’s going to be an exciting end, so tune in and cheer on your favourites.
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