It’s as if the commentator’s curse is a thing. We’d pretty much just hit publish on our quick view at just how much some of the bikes at the 2019 Tour de France cost… and then one of the most expensive ones got wrangled.
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Defending champion Geraint Thomas and Team Ineos very nearly caused a pile up on Stage 8 of the 2019 Tour de France. The riders were all fine, but the bike, well, not so much.
Let’s take a look at the crash first.
This from the official Tour de France live race centre when the crash happened:
Collective crash for Ineos in a downhill. Kwiatkowski and Thomas went down. They’re back on their bike. Moscon waits for a new bike.
Doesn’t look all that serious from the videos…. right?
Nothing too hectic. And we’ve left out the part where the very kind official gets the bikes out of the road. Here’s the aerial view.
And full credit to the team for getting the battered bike out of the road….
But the bike…. oh the bike…..
Stage 8 in brief
Thomas got up sharpish and rejoined the peloton, but the bike. Can you tell we’re having a hard time dealing with that much money being all wrangled up?
Thomas De Gendt claimed an epic victory in Saint-Etienne, his second one at the Tour de France after the Mont Ventoux in 2016, at the end of a breakaway he initiated.
He resisted the French duo who rode away from the yellow jersey group in the côte de La Jaillère with 12.5km to go. Thibaut Pinot moved to third overall while Julian Alaphilippe got the lead back after two days of glory for Giulio Ciccone who remains the best young rider.