A potentially game-changing development for the whole of cycling was almost lost on Friday afternoon not long after Marianne Vos scored a crushing and spectacular victory in La Course, the one-day women’s race run alongside the Tour de France.
From the depths of despair to the height of elation, Groupama-FDJ's Thibaut Pinot has known it all this week. "I was down and out," he said of last Monday, when crosswinds caught hold of his dream start to the Tour de France and shattered it to pieces.
LA MONGIE, France — When the team of Geraint Thomas was at its best at the Tour de France, a time trial followed by a big mountain stage would have been playgrounds for Sky — now in new colors as Ineos — to take cycling’s greatest race by the scruff of the neck and leave everyone else fighting for second place.
Not this year.