Tour de France Week 2 Overview
It's the second week of the race and the going gets tough with a course that mixes the flat and the start of the big mountain stage in the Pyrenées.
Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe still leads the general classification but is just holding on, with the tougher stages to come. During stage 15, Alaphilippe was unable to follow, as Thibault Pinot, Egan Bernal and Emanuel Buchmann pushed ahead of him.
Stage 10 quickly turned into a disastrous day for our Kiwi George Bennett. A strange situation and miscommunication saw GB being ordered to retrieve the water bottles. You could not have asked for a worst time: the race split, blew up into several groups and 30km from the finish, George was never to see the front again. Perhaps a small consolation for George is that fellow team member Steven Kruijswijk is currently holding third place.
GB is now in 21st place. Where there is hope there is a way.
The last week promises to be full of surprises with greater challenges. Temperatures are expected to reach the 40°C mark. All in keeping with the legend of the great race.
French duo Pinot & Alaphillipe Steven Kruijswijk, George's team member
Col du Tourmalet, one of the hardest part of the Tour