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Le Tour de France 2016 – Stage 18; Sallanches – Megève ITT. Froome Dispels any Doubt


Mont-Saint-MichelIf anyone harboured any doubts about the fact that Froome was going to win this Tour it took him just 30 minutes to straighten things out.

He destroyed everyone in including the man who’s probably the world’s number one ‘chronoman’ – Tom Dumoulin.

Whilst the mountains may be beautiful, a time trial up one is a daunting prospect.

But riders like Keisse and Hayman just have to ‘get on with it’ riding stages way outside their comfort zones.

Chris Froome. Photo©Ed Hood
Iljo Keisse. Photo©Ed Hood
Matt Hayman. Photo©Ed Hood

We got ourselves set up to follow big Lithuanian Ramunas Navardauskas in the time test and duly lined up behind the Cannondale car.

Ramunas Navardauskas. Photo©Ed Hood

‎The course was beautiful – but savage with varying gradients, fast bits, some real killer ramps and a descent to close.

Fancy one of these cardboard hands around your face when you’re racing? Photo©Ed Hood

The fans were enthusiastic but causing no danger to our boy – however, as the afternoon wears on and the alcohol kicks in under that hot sun…

Wood Bike. Not sure why. Photo©Ed Hood

And you have to wonder what possesses some of them to come up with the stuff they do – like this gentleman and his wooden bike…