Vincenzo Nibali pays price as Sky lay down 'crazy rhythm' at La Rosiere

On cresting the first summit finish of the Tour de France, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) was already all too keenly aware that he has a mountain to climb if he is to claim the yellow jersey in Paris. The Italian was unable to follow when Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) accelerated viciously four kilometres from the finish at La Rosière, and he could not lift his pace when Chris Froome repeated the dose shortly afterwards.

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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.