Stage 20 | Megève to Morzine | Tour de France 2016
Heavy rain fell on the penultimate stage of the 2016 Tour de France, which made it difficult for any of the riders who had designs on grabbing a place on the final podium, or even challenging Chris Froome’s grip on the yellow jersey.
In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie discuss the last of four Alpine stages, from Megève to Morzine, over the Col des Aravis, Col de la Colombière, Col de la Ramaz and Col de Joux Plane – each of them difficult climbs with extremely tricky descents, especially in the wet.
Movistar’s Ion Izaguirre won the stage with a perfectly-judged descent of the Joux-Plane in treacherous wet conditions. The Basque rider pushed just hard enough to drop Jarlinson Pantano and Vincenzo Nibali but not too hard as to risk a fall.
It was a fine consolation for the Spanish Movistar team, who had hoped to see Nairo Quintana battle Froome for the yellow jersey.
All the talk before the stage was of the forecast rain but the conditions were so bad that they discouraged any meaningful attacks on the final climb. Froome descended safely to Morzine, surrounded by Sky team-mates, and will clinch his third Tour de France title in Paris on Sunday.
We discuss the five moments of Froome’s Tour, his comments in the post-race press conference and hear from his team-mate Luke Rowe.
We get the French perspective on Romain Bardet’s second place overall from French journalist François Thomazeau. There’s also a chat with Bardet’s AG2R team-mate, Ben Gastauer.
The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.