After showing his style at the weekend, young Sunweb rider Marc Hirschi confirmed his class with a stunning stage 12 win, crossing the finish line solo for his first Tour stage victory. The longest day in the saddle was no snore-fest with action from the start. Primoz Rogilč (Jumbo-Visma) finished in the peloton to hold yellow.
Another day for the fast-finishers, but with a tricky run-in to the line. A late attack came to nothing and the peloton was launched up the final straight by Wout Van Aert, with Caleb Ewan, Sam Bennett and Peter Sagan on his shoulder. It was the little Australian who came out the winner. Primoz Roglič held yellow.
A crazy day of cross-winds and crashes saw the fast-men finish stage 10 off in fine style. Irishman Sam Bennett (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) crossed the line for an emotional first Tour de France stage win. Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) held the overall lead.
As every year, Ed Hood is welded to the TV for every pedal stroke of the Tour de France. Of course there's the massive disappointment of not being 'Roadside' in 2020 (damn Covid-19), but he's ever eagle-eyed for the each day's 'real' story. Take it away Ed...
The wet weather returned to the Tour de France and, with stage 9 being held in the mountains, there was also thick fog. Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) went for a long solo ride to be caught 2K out by the top men. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) won the stage and Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) took the overall lead.
The first big mountain day saw a Frenchman live the dream. Nans Peters was in the big break of the day then dropped Ilnur Zakarin before the Peyresourde to solo to the finish in Loudenvielle. Adam Yates held onto the yellow jersey by the skin of his teeth.
Stage 7 was a day of cross-winds and losses for those who missed the important echelons. One man who made sure he was to the fore was Wout Van Aert and then the man on form made sure of the sprint win. Adam Yates finished 9th on the stage and held the overall lead.
The sixth stage of the Tour de France saw Alexey Lutsenko solo to the finish on Mont Aigoual. The Kazakh champion was part of the early break and he turned out to be the strongest rider on the stiff final climb of the Col de la Lusette. The favourites for the GC held back, except Julian Alaphilippe who made a last metre attack. Adam Yates remains overall leader.
Jumbo-Visma pulled off a double with Primoz Roglič yesterday and Wout Van Aert today. The Belgian cyclo-cross king worked hard for his leader on stage 4 and then whooped the uphill sprint on stage 5. Julian Alaphilippe lost the yellow jersey due to a time penalty, but his teammate, Sam Bennett, took the green jersey. Adam Yates now leads the 2020 Tour de France.