Saturday’s 133.5-kilometre stage from Belfort to the mountain resort of Le Markstein was the last tough test for the riders and the 3600 metres of climbing took its toll on many of them.
Young Spanish rider Carlos Rodriguez, who still harboured hopes of overtaking Adam Yates to third place, crashed going around a bend at 33km. Rodriguez got back on his bike but with blood on his face, arm and leg.
American Sepp Kuss also needed medical attention after a bad crash. It was his second of the…
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