Izagirre prepares for voyage in the dark at Tour de France

Strange but true: one of the most spectacular battles this season in road-racing took place in the dark, in a tunnel, below the Swiss mountains. When Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) soloed away on the toughest climb of the Tour de Suisse, the only rider to keep him in even remotely in check was Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), with their duel taking place in a tunnel at the summit of the Tiefenbachferner glacier in Austria.

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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.