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Gallery: Tom Pidcock lights up Alpe d’Huez on Stage 12

Ineos Grenadiers' rider becomes youngest ever winner on mountain

Robyn Davidson
14 Jul 2022

Alpe d’Huez always brings the drama and its role in the 2022 Tour de France was no exception.

Tom Pidcock – riding that stunning Pinarello Dogma F, albeit with lower profile Shimano Dura-Ace C36 wheels – became the youngest winner on Alpe d’Huez after shedding his breakaway partners of Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Chris Froome (Israel-Premier Tech), Neilson Powless (EF Education-EasyPost) and Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo).

UAE Emirates’ Tadej Pogačar attempted to deliver blows in the general classification battle behind but couldn’t distance yellow jersey Jonas Vingegaard of Jumbo-Visma.

Relive the stage through the lens of Pete Goding.

Raise a hand if you're going in the breakaway, Ciccone.

Jonas Vingegaard inspects the knee of Tadej Pogačar.

Neilson Powless attacked from the flag drop, initially the only rider up ahead. On the second rest day, he said to Cyclist that it was a 'massive privilege' to be second on GC and four seconds from the yellow jersey.

Jumbo-Visma controlled the pace behind in the peloton.

Between Hugo Hofstetter (Arkéa–Samsic) and Jérémy Lecroq (B&B Hotels) lies another roadside chair in case Primož Roglič needs to pop his shoulder back in again.

It was a good day for beautiful views...

... and punishing gradients.

Tom Pidcock was a delight to watch, showcasing his supreme bike-handling skills. 

And his solo breakaway meant he was the youngest winner on the famous Alpe d'Huez. 

It was also a good day for Chris Froome who, after being unsure if he would ever race again after his horror crash, finished 3rd on Alpe d'Huez behind Louis Meintjes.

Tadej Pogačar, Jonas Vingegaard and Geraint Thomas reached the line together, 3'23" behind Tom Pidcock.


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