THROWBACK THURSDAY 2015: A RAINY DAY AT THE TOUR DE FRANCE

The toughest day yet makes for some incredible images

(Photos: Bettini)

Click here for our full race report from Stage 12 of the Tour de France!

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 12a tappa Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille 195 km - 16/07/2015 - Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx - Quick Step) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2015
World Champ Michal Kwiatkowski was the last man of the breakaway on Stage 12, eventually getting caught by a chase group on the final climb.

 

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 12a tappa Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille 195 km - 16/07/2015 - Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2015
Tinkoff-Saxo’s Alberto Contador keeps his eyes set on BMC’s Tejay Van Garderen in the rain on Stage 12.

 

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 12a tappa Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille 195 km - 16/07/2015 - Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2015
Gerraint Thomas was Sky’s MVP for the day, staying with Chris Froome throughout the day and pacing him up much of the day’s final climb.

 

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 12a tappa Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille 195 km - 16/07/2015 - Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2015
Alberto Contador put in an attack near the beginning of the day’s final climb, but wouldn’t be able to make it stick.

 

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 12a tappa Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille 195 km - 16/07/2015 - Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2015
Stage 12 belonged to Katusha’s Joaquim Rodriguez, who grabbed the final climb by the scruff of its neck and proceeded to distance himself from the rest of his rivals.

 

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 12a tappa Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille 195 km - 16/07/2015 - Christopher Froome (Team Sky) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2015
Overall leader Chris Froome fought hard against every attack put on him by his GC rivals.

 

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 12a tappa Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille 195 km - 16/07/2015 - Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) - foto Graham Watson/BettiniPhoto©2015
Joaquim Rodriguez wins Stage 12 of the 2015 Tour de France, his second stage victory at this year’s event and the third of his career.

 

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 12a tappa Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille 195 km - 16/07/2015 - Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx - Quick Step) - foto Graham Watson/BettiniPhoto©2015
For his efforts, Michal Kwiatkowski won the Most Aggressive Rider award for Stage 12.

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