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