Bike break­downs cost Tour con­tenders Du­moulin, Bardet

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

MUR DE BRE­TAGNE, FRANCE | Some­times in cy­cling the bike can be the rider’s big­gest en­emy.

Tour de France con­tenders Tom Du­moulin and Ro­main Bardet both lost sig­nif­i­cant time in the over­all stand­ings af­ter spokes on their wheels snapped near the up­hill end of Stage 6 on Thurs­day.

Both ti­tle hope­fuls were left be­hind by the rest of the top rid­ers as they in­creased the pace hunt­ing for the win that fi­nally went to Daniel Martin of Ire­land.

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