Stage 3 | Froome takes yellow on the Mur de Huy
July 6 | Chris Froome took the yellow jersey on top of the Mur de Huy in Belgium and now leads the Tour de France ahead of Germany’s nearly man Tony Martin.
Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez took the stage on the steep hill and Froome was the only one able to stay within touching distance.
But the day was marred by terrible crashes that put four riders out of the race. Fabian Cancellara, the overall leader this morning, fell in one of the crashes and the race organisers took the decision to neutralise the race.
The Telegraph Cycling Podcast’s Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the reasons behind that decision and dissect the outcome of the race and what it means for the overall picture.
We hear from the new yellow jersey holder, Froome, and his team boss Sir Dave Brailsford, who said talked about the Tour’s decision to neutralise the race after the crashes. ‘I thought it was a good decision. Christian [Prudhomme, the Tour director] did the right thing. I like to see people who look at the rules, understand the situation and contextualise their decisions based on the current situation that they're in. Great leaders have got a little bit of flexibility and common sense. I thought it was a common sense decision and I don't think for one session you can go down the road of “well, what happens if there's a crash tomorrow?” It just doesn't stack up. Applaud it, well done and we get on and carry on. It was a decision based on safety. Why would you not appreciate that.’
And we look forward to Tuesday’s stage over the cobblestones and award the latest Pédaleur de Charme prize.
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