Telegraphe. Galibier. Izoard. The Alpine climbs take on a mythical quality, and in a Tour de France where the top three are separated by less than 30-seconds, the late race foray into the Alps was expected to be decisive.
The #GreenArgyle Tour de France nine continued to punch about their collective weight in the service of their leader Rigoberto Uran. The Colombian did his part, sprinting to second on stage 17 to jump up to second place, and matching Chris Froome (Sky) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) pedal stroke for pedal stroke up the Izoard. Uran leaves the Alps in third overall, 29-seconds behind Froome and six seconds behind Bardet in second.
“The days in the Alps went pretty well,” said Uran. “It was more or less what we were hoping to do.”
The animated racing was made even more thrilling thanks to the stunning scenery — both brilliantly captured by the Grubers.