Tour de France: De Gendt's Mont Ventoux victory a footnote to Froome's foot race

In years to come, Thomas De Gendt will be the answer to a pub quiz question: who won the stage the day Chris Froome started running up Mont Ventoux on the Tour de France? Like Julio Jimenez on the Puy de Dome in 1964 or Luc Leblanc at Les Arcs in 1996, the Lotto Soudal rider's victory on stage 12 is destined to be a footnote in history, forever eclipsed by the drama further behind him on the road.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.