Pan extremely harsh Tour de France day with pouring rain and biting cold thundered the 25-year-old Australian debutant Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citorën) on the 144.9 km long royal stage in the Alps from Cluses to the ski resort of Tignes 2,100 m above sea level through the difficulties faster than all rivals and crossed the finish line 5.07 minutes ahead of the nearest pursuer Italian Mattia Cattaneo (Deceuninck-Quick Step).
So deplorable were the circumstances that 6 riders including the two French sprinters Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels) did not reach the finish line before the time limit.
It did, however, an exhausted holder of the green driver jersey Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-Quick Step) with a minute and a half to run on. The Briton was escorted to the end of the road by teammates Michael Mørkøv and the Belgian Tim Declercq and embraced them as if it were a victory they had helped him to.
Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.
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