Who will win Stage 12?
We haven’t the foggiest, to be honest. Yesterday was a Sky masterclass, and it would be foolish to bet against another dominant display in the final kilometres of one of the legends of the Tour: Alpe d’Huez.
What we would love to see is a repeat of 1986, where Greg Lemond, in Yellow, and his on-off-on again best mate, mentor and team mate Bernard Hinault duked it out on the early-stage climbs, and left everyone else behind in their haste. They crossed the line atop the Alpe together, over five minutes clear of the next rider, with a sort of a truce and Lemond pencilled in as the winner of that tour.
Are Thomas and Froome in a similar position? Is there a power struggle behind the closed doors of the Sky bus? Much like there was when Froome was the upstart, and Wiggins the leader? It is fun to speculate, but we really don’t know. We will have a clearer picture after today… expect another Sky-dominated main peloton, catching the break of the day (c’mon de Gendt, our virtual team needs the points) halfway up the Alpe, with Froome and Thomas gaining even more time, crossing the line together for a Froome win and another day in Yellow for the Welshman.
Bernard would be proud if it worked out that way… or would he?