The Brit Thomas Pidcock has the king stage of the 109. Tour de France won. After 165.5 kilometers from Briancon to Alpe d’Huez on the French National Day, the world cross champion took the victory single-handedly ahead of South African Louis Meintjes and four-time Tour champion Chris Froome.
The yellow jersey was successfully defended by Dane Jonas Vingegaard on Thursday. Defending champion Tadej Pogacar, who had slumped the previous day, moved up to second overall. Pogacar attacked twice on the final climb, but Vingegaard was able to parry the attacks.
After the two massively difficult high mountain stages, the riders can relax a little on Friday. Over 192.6 kilometers from Le Bourg d’Oisans to Saint-Etienne, only two mountains of the third category and one of the second category await. It offers the sprinters one of the few chances of a mass finish.