With a French one-two at the top of the Tourmalet, it seems the home fans got that little bit closer to seeing something they’ve been waiting 34 years for: a French rider capable of winning the Tour de France’s yellow jersey.
Did Saturday's battle on the Col du Tourmalet live up to the hype? Which GC riders excelled and fell back in the Tour's first summit finish?
Julian Alaphilippe again defied expectations to take second place on the stage, while his GC rival Geraint Thomas cracked on the final slopes of the first high mountain of the race.
The only person more surprised than Rob Arnold of Julian Alaphilippe's time trial win was Alaphilippe himself
Geraint Thomas and other GC riders now believe Julian Alaphilippe is a serious threat to win the Tour de France overall
Julian Alaphilippe won Friday's individual time trial at the Tour de France, holding off defending champion Geraint Thomas
Stage 12 features two major climbs and a long, fast descent to the finish. Teams and riders are preparing for anything and everything.
The French superstar is realistic about his chances to defend the yellow jersey as the race finally tilts into the longer climbs looming in the Pyrenees and the TT challenge
A touch of wheels sent Mikel Landa to the ground as the peloton broke into echelons. The Basque favorite ended up losing important time.