High drama in the highest altitudes of this year’s Tour.
As they crested the high point of this stage, a hail and snow storm hit the route in the Alps, and the officials called the race. They also determined to call the time at the crest of the route, which knocked Alaphilippe out of the Yellow Jersey even though he was catching up on time on the descent.
But it was hard to imagine how the race could have gone on.
They were trying to clear the roads.
Unhappy and confused riders trying to communicate the news.
And Alaphilippe … eating up the time gap.
So the Columbian, Egan Bernal, is up and Julien is down. Last year’s winner Geraint Thomas didn’t have the chance to attack. And poor Pinot dropped with a torn muscle and he had a real chance to steal the whole thing. Sagan is unassailable in the Green and it seems that Bardet will still be in spots. BTW… I liked the older KoM sweaters better, with the bigger spots. It looks like Movistar now.
Another tough stage tomorrow. I think anything can happen. And the riders will still be relatively fresh.
They went from 100F a couple days ago. Today freezing, with hail and flooding and mudslides.
Part of me wanted them to tough it out, find a way. But, it was really dangerous. Here’s a video gallery.