Heartbreak for Kämna caught 200m from Tour de France finish

Lennard Kamna (Bora-Hansgrohe) on Planche des Belles Filles
Lennard Kamna (Bora-Hansgrohe) on Planche des Belles Filles (Image credit: Getty Images)

So close. Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) came within less than 200 metres from taking the second Tour de France stage of his career at La Planche des Belles Filles on Friday, but finally his breakaway victory bid was steamrollered by the race's overall battle as if it had never happened.

Part of the day-long break of seven, with half the brutally steep final climb left to tackle, Kämna was still ahead of the race, but his advantage was ebbing away fast.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.