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.
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The world is a different place from last year, and thanks to Covid-19 our lives have changed. It's Tour de France time (yes, it shouldn't be in September) and Ed Hood should be 'Roadside' in France. He's at home in Scotland reminiscing over the good and the not so good points of the Tour.
As the 2020 Tour de France is on its first rest day, the 'PEZ Crew' got to thinking of their coolest Tour stage memories. Here are the guy's choices and, surprisingly, not for the sporting aspect of the stage, but more for the 'other' happenings on the day.
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.
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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.