After putting costly time losses behind him, Pinot is a riding a wave of momentum after three stellar days across the Pyrénées to surge back into contention for the yellow jersey
Across France, cycling fans and pundits are beginning to believe that Julian Alaphilippe is the man to end the country's 34-year drought at the Tour de France
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.