TOUR’S KEY MOMENTS
INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL IN PAU
Julian Alaphilippe’s stage victory stunned even him, and kept the Frenchman in yellow into the mountains and forcing rival teams to change their tactics.
THIBAUT PINOT’S TEARFUL WITHDRAWAL
In the Pyrenees, Pinot looked like becoming the first French winner of the Tour for 34 years. But a knee injury on the Nimes stage forced him to climb off his bike two days later. Heartbreaking for the hosts.
BERNAL’S ASCENT OF THE GALIBIER
The third week is when it counts in the Tour and Bernal’s attack on the mighty Galibier proved he was the strongest of the main contenders on that first day in the Alps.
BERNAL’S ASCENT OF THE ISERAN
Nobody knew how important it would prove to be, but when the Colombian attacked again on the highest pass in the race, he underlined his superiority over the main GC contenders and ultimately took the yellow jersey.
STAGE 19 HALTED AFTER ICE STORM
The mountains are usually where the race is decided, but mountain weather had a major impact here. Would Geraint Thomas and the other main GC contenders have caught up with Bernal before the stage finish in Tignes? We will never know.