When Tony Martin attacks, the peloton tends to take notice. When he has the recently ill-starred Etixx-Quick Step team-mate Julian Alaphillipe along for company, you can be sure they’re going to pay close attention.
Sure enough, the dynamic duo were caught well before the finale, but it was fun watching them try. And they appeared to have fun trying. Plus the organisation awarded a joint Most Aggressive Rider prize in recognition of their efforts. Chapeau.
Much as we are loathe to give the squishiest prize in cycling to the same team two days in a row, who can begrudge the tireless German his fruit?
He is not the kind of guy to be seen in breaks day after day, but when he goes, he outs his heart and soul into it.
One of the many victims in a crash-strewn opening week of the 2015 Tour, seeing the yellow jersey forced out of the race in tears with a broken collarbone on stage 6 was one of the heartbreaking moments of last year’s racing season.
So, eine banane für der Panzerwagen. And apologies for the terrible German translation.