Tour de France rider’s $12k bike SPLITS IN HALF during crash

Carrie Guzman
July 14, 2019

France's Julian Alaphilippe celebrates his overall leader's yellow jersey on the podium of the eighth stage of the 106th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Macon and Saint-Etienne, in Saint-Etienne, eastern France, on July 13, 2019.

"I was ready for Julian's attack since last night and all day I was waiting for it because I had great legs", said Pinot, who like Milan-San Remo champion Alaphilippe holds a "Monument" classic title as he won the Giro Di Lombardia last October.

Alaphilippe reclaimed the overall leader's yellow jersey and Pinot leapfrogged Thomas in the general classification after gaining 28 seconds on the 2018 victor.

The French duo went at full tilt on the descent into Saint Etienne and held off a trimmed-down peloton at the finish, cheered on by huge crowds hoping to celebrate the first French victor of the Tour since 1985. Our goal was to come to the Tour for winning a stage.

With bonus seconds at play at the summit of the final categorized climb, the Cote de la Jaillere, Alaphilippe surged from a small pack of favourites near the top, with Pinot on his wheel.

Ciccone is 23 seconds behind in second, while Pinot is 53 seconds off the pace in third.

Thibaut Pino (Groupama-FDJ) +0:06 3.

He hopped on a replacement as the team battled back to join the peloton, but Thomas ended up losing time overall to rivals Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot of France.

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"There is pressure obviously but the biggest pressure is the one I put on myself", said Pinot, who abandoned the race in 2016 and 2017 and did not take part previous year after failing to fully recover from a bout of pneumonia sustained near the end of the Giro d'Italia. "It was a key moment in the race".

"I nearly crashed in a few corners but I made it".

Moscon's bike was snapped in half in the crash.

"I was trying to catch my bike because one policeman took my bike away so it was very hard to get back on the bike".

"The good thing is I had good legs to be able to (catch up)", he said.

Pinot is now likely to head into the first high mountain stage with huge hopes of donning the yellow jersey in Bagneres de Bigorre next Thursday. If I hadn't have crashed I could have followed, and it's a totally different story today. "Still a lot of racing to go though".

Sunday's hilly ninth stage is a potentially treacherous ride from St Etienne to Brioude over 170.5km.

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