This was probably as close as it gets. As we saw, it was indeed difficult for many from get go except Froome. And he dropped groups with Piddock real fast, well as a passenger mostly, and in many cases he was on the drops (at least when riding that measly tempo of his). And yes he managed to make a time cut.I think today is going to be very difficult for Froome. The action will start on Galibier & he's likely to get thrown into dropped groups real fast, at which point he becomes a passenger among riders who're just aiming to make the time cut.
The problem he has is one which has been spoken of loads of times, i.e. as soon as the tempo increases, he drops.
Didn't they start the climb with a little bit over6 minutes? The best did 39:10, so Pidcock did ~41:50 and Froome ~44:00?Edit: This, it turns out, was fake news.
I didn't time it, but I think his time might have been somewhere just under 42:00, which is, uh, only 30 seconds or so off what he did in 2018.
But are there stage WINNERS that are same or older age? Makes a podium spot mootA quick search through PCS shows that Froome might be the oldest tour winner to podium a tour stage since 39-year-old Gino Bartali had a second-place finish in 1953.
Even Armstrong in 2009 didn't podium a stage apart from the TTT.
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