The 20th stage of the Tour de France would be the final battle for the GC riders with Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) taking the spoils on Alpe d’Huez. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) would be the rider in 2nd place while Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) completed the podium. In a short stage of just 111km, the battle for the yellow jersey would well and truly be on as there would be two major climbs on the menu today. While an initial break of 4 riders got away, it was inevitable that they would be caught as Nairo Quintana looked to mount a challenge for the yellow jersey. The race.
Go behind the scenes with MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung at their historic first stage win at the Tour de France. Take a look at how Steve Cummings and the team made history on Mandela Day..
The 18th stage of the Tour de France was another magnificent day in the Alps. Serge Pauwels was in the break for the umpteenth time this Tour and he went on to finish 6th, but only after the riders went up the picturesque Montvernier climb. Gruber Images took these mind boggling shots for us..