Tour de France diary Friday 15th July

Pogacar in control heading into the Alps

Jonas Vingegaard (1/4 – Tour de France 2022 outright) retained the Tour de France yellow jersey after Stage 12, but it was Tom Pidock who made the headlines with his win atop the iconic Alpe d’Huez.

Part of a five-man breakaway group, it was 22-year-old Leeds-born Piddock who managed to pull away through the crowd of fanatical supporters to become the youngest rider to win on the Alpe d’Huez.

Having landed his maiden Tour de France stage win, the Yorkshireman was slightly overwhelmed by the experience.

“That was unbelievable, one of the craziest experiences ever,” Ineos Grenadiers rider Pidcock said. “I could barely hear anything, I’ve probably got hearing damage.

“It was just ridiculous – there were many points where I thought I was going to get taken out – but it was one of my best experiences in cycling. It was unreal, slaloming through people’s flags and fists.”

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Meanwhile, four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome was pleased with his performance as he battled for a third-placed finish behind Pidcock and Louis Meintjes on Thursday.

ish rider has been working his way back after a serious crash back in 2019 and the 37-year-old was happy to be in the mix at stage 12.

“I gave it absolutely everything I had today to win the stage, and I don’t have any regrets,” Froome said.

“Where I have come from in the last three years, battling back after my accident, to finish third on one of the hardest stages of the Tour, I can be really happy with that.”

The focus for all the riders will have already switched to Friday’s racing, with Stage 13 starting in Le Bourg d’Oisans and finishing in Saint-Étienne.

In the general classification Vingegaard holds a +2mins 22secs lead over second-place Tadej Pogacar (3/1 – Tour de France outright), while Britain’s Geraint Thomas (16/1) is a further four seconds behind.

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Author: Lucas Carlson