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A day on the Tour de France

A day on the Tour de France

Today, the peloton were battered by strong crosswinds on exposed stretches of road for much of stage 16.

FACT OF THE DAY: Ireland's Dan Martin lost 51 seconds to the other main contenders after being caught at the wrong end of a peloton split, following Team Sky's acceleration in the crosswinds.

Dan Martin, meanwhile, lost more than 50 seconds to the leaders, rolling in nearly a minute adrift of Froome and friends.

Frenchman Romain Bardet was nearly caught out but was paced back to the lead group by team-mate Oliver Naesen, while Fabio Aru had to bridge a small gap by himself.

"I was waiting for the result and he grabbed me on the way past", Matthews said.

Matthews had to wait for confirmation of his victory as Boasson Hagen - hoping to win on Nelson Mandela Day for his South African-based Team Dimension Data - found himself on the wrong side of a photo finish for the second time in this Tour. "I think it won't sink in until tomorrow morning".

Kittel was dropped early as Sunweb set a fierce pace in the hilly terrain. On Sunday we saw race leader Chris Froome put under pressure by Romain Bardet and his Ag2r teammates after Froome had a mechanical.

The Tour de France is the world's biggest and most iconic cycling race.

They may not have known it at the time, but they were capitalising on a Quick-Step Floor team weakened by illness, and unable to defend both Kittel in green and Martin in the general classification.

Also, we sit down with American rider Taylor Phinney (Cannondale-Drapac) to hear his thoughts on life in the peloton.

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