TDF stage 12 Ventoux finish scrapped amid forecasts of 120kph wind
It's one thing riding a bike up a mountain as fast as you can, it's an entirely different prospect when the winds on said mountain are so strong that they could feasibly blow you off it.
Tour de France organisers have cancelled the Mont Ventoux stage finish amid predictions of 120kph winds. The stage will now finish 6km earlier than planned, and further down the mountain at Chalet Reynard.
Speaking on ITV4, Tour director Christian Prudholme explained the safety of riders was paramount but there were also fears for the equipment that would need to be taken onto the mountain for the finish village.
However he added that "everyone wants a battle" at the stage finish and that would still be provided by moving the line down to Chalet Reynard. "They will still face an average gradient of 9 per cent."
Chris Froome of Team Sky, who took the Ventoux summit finish in the 2013 Tour de France, said the decision was "the right thing to do."
"At the end of the day, apparently there are really just gale-force winds and it just wouldn't be safe for the riders so thank you to the organisers for making the decision."
For those who missed yesterday's action, the stage was won by Green Jersey holder Peter Sagan (Tinkoff Saxo) after he formed a breakaway with Yellow Jersey holder Chris Froome (Team Sky) and their respective wingmen Maciej Bodnar and Geraint Thomas from 12km out.
"I saw Peter attack and I thought 'why not? let's go with it and see what happens,'" said Froome. "I knew Peter wanted the stage and we needed to put some seconds into the Yellow Jersey so it worked for both of us."
The stage had been marred by high winds, which split the peloton, and multiple crashes.
* Jose Been (@tourdejose) posted the video above at the summit of Ventoux yesterday.