Stage 13 | Bourg-Saint-Andéol to La Caverne Pont d’Arc | Tour de France 2016

Jul 15, 2016, 07:59 PM
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A sombre mood settled over the Tour de France today in the wake of the Bastille Day attack in Nice, with the publicity caravan – the cavalcade of advertising vehicles that precedes the race – falling quiet, a minute’s silence before the start of the time trial and respects paid to the victims during the podium presentations after the race.

In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by French journalist François Thomazeau. They discuss whether the Tour organisers and police came close to cancelling the stage.

We also look back at Thursday’s chaotic stage to Mont Ventoux, which was shortened because of high winds on top of the mountain and then affected by a crash that involved a motorbike, Chris Froome, Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema, and recap some of the stories that got missed in the aftermath of the stage.

Then we turn attentions to today’s time trial, which was won in impressive style by Tom Dumoulin, who now counts himself as a favourite for gold at the Rio Olympics, and which saw Froome strengthen his grip on the yellow jersey as Mollema and Britain’s Adam Yates emerged as his main challengers.

We hear from Froome’s Sky team-mate Woet Poels about a dramatic couple of days in the race, from Mollema and Yates who are now second and third overall, from sports directors Marc Sergeant of Lotto-Soudal and Valerio Piva of BMC Racing and from Dutch rider Laurens Ten Dam.

The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.