It was a stage for a breakaway. With two categorised climbs far from the finish and on the eve of a very important time trial in Pau, the favourites stayed quiet. Kebin Ledanois went into the 38-man breakaway without being able to stay with the pure climbers in the last climb, notably Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott) who won in Bagneres-de-Bigorre.
Kevin Ledanois : « I was well positioned to go into the breakaway, which was obviously going to be interesting. It was a fight during 50km. I was happy to be in front but I spent a lot of energy just to get there. I quickly felt that I didn’t have great legs but on the Tour, when you’re in front it’s the head that commands the legs and you give everything. In Peyresourde, I was fine at the foot, less at the top and I recovered in the descent before conceding defeat in the last ascent. Five km from the summit, I had nothing left in the tank, I rode at my own pace and took it easy in the descent. My day was done, it was useless to waste energy to finish 25th. I was caught by the favourites 4km from the line. It’s always a pleasure to be in the breakaway in the mountains even if I’m disappointed I was not in a good day. We have 12 stages in the legs, it weighs in the key moments. Even on a good day it would have been hard to go for the win but with that kind of finale I could have managed to get a good result. We have 10 days left to do well.”