Chris Froome blasted to victory on Bastille Day for the second time in three years, leading home a Team Sky one-two on stage ten to open up a big overall lead.
As Froome’s rivals cracked on La Pierre-Saint-Martin, the Team Sky man, in the yellow jersey, ramped up the cadence and surged up the road to claim the fifth Tour de France stage win of his career.
And with it, the 30-year-old now holds a commanding lead atop the general classification, with nearest rival Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) nearly three minutes back.
Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was one of the riders in trouble, climbing into the top ten overall but losing so much time he is now just shy of seven minutes down overall.
After a superb pace-setting job on the final climb by Team Sky, Froome is well on course for a second Tour victory – but it is too early to count your chickens just yet.
Read on for our post-stage thoughts.