Chris Froome loses Tour de France lead to Fabio Aru

The setting for the finish of stage 12 of the Tour de France, a vertiginous altiport runway in Peyragudes, proved to be as apposite as it was breathtaking. Part of the James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies, was shot here, and that message of hope rang out as Chris Froome (Team Sky) slipped out of the maillot jaune and the Tour was turned on its head.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.