RIDE at the Tour: Day Four
With Mont Ventoux just a day away, the race route for stage 19 included only one major climb.
The category 2 col de l’Escrinet at 787m was made tougher by a hot day. A koala kindly donated by the Australians on the Pensec Tour clings on for dear life in the sweltering conditions on the way to the finish in Aubenas.
Toby rides underneath the one-kilometre banner that sat just before the bridge.
The media area houses a huge contingent of the world’s cycling press. In Aubenas it was only 10m from the course.
The world champion nearly won the stage with an ambitious attack in the closing stages. Here he contemplates what might have been.
Pozzato’s bike waits outside the UCI drug testing caravan. The Italian was one of eight riders selected for testing on stage 19.