Overall contenders aside, the Tour de France all but finished on Friday. A penultimate stage time trial and the ceremonial procession into Paris remain, but only the time trial specialists and general classification riders will put every effort into the stage 20 and Sunday’s final stage is for pomp, circumstance, champagne and sprinters. The really, really tough challenges? They’re largely behind us now.
Stage 19, the last day in Tour’s high mountains, delivered spectacular racing amongst those fighting for the podium. Much of the rest of the peloton focused on survival and safety. Despite that focus, Taylor Phinney had an unfortunate run-in with a tree that resulted in a fracture to the nose and right orbital socket. The Grubers captured the aftermath of the crash in its bloodied, bandaged glory in their latest gallery.