Guardian angels: The domestiques who shone in the Tour de France crosswinds

Michal Kwiatkowksi leads Ineos Grenadiers through the stage 7 crosswinds at the Tour de France
Michal Kwiatkowksi leads Ineos Grenadiers through the stage 7 crosswinds at the Tour de France (Image credit: Bettini)

We were treated to crosswind action on stage 7 of the Tour de France, and with it the sight of big Classics engines rotating with lightweight yellow jersey hopefuls.

While general classification bids rely most heavily on support in the mountains, protection on the flat and in the wind is invaluable for a GC contender, as the damage can be terminal on a stage like Friday's. 

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