MOUN­TAIN TOP FIN­ISHES LOOK PRETTY BUT DON’T DE­FINE THE TOUR GC ANY MORE

Procycling - - Review Of The Year 2016 -

The Tour de France more or less saw a stale­mate in the moun­tains. There wasn’t much to choose be­tween Froome and his clos­est ri­vals, and only Ro­main Bardet was able to at­tack off the front of the yel­low jer­sey group at any point dur­ing the Tour, at St Ger­vais. In fact, Froome won the Tour in the time tri­als, and did no more than he needed to on the sum­mit fin­ishes. Sim­i­larly, in the Giro, while the up­hill fin­ishes had more va­ri­ety and ef­fect on the race, the cru­cial ac­tion in the over­all hap­pened on the test­ing de­scent of the Colle dell’Agnello, while at the Vuelta the cru­cial GC day was a short and lumpy stage, al­beit with an up­hill fin­ish.

The moun­tains are an im­por­tant part of the Grand Tours, and the or­gan­is­ers are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly adept at find­ing ever more spec­tac­u­lar back­drops for their races, which is a great ad­vert for the sport, but the mar­gins be­tween the riders on them are get­ting finer.

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