“I was lucky Fulsang came with me,” Martin said. “I don’t know if I would have survived alone.”
Movistar was a big player in the day’s race, setting a blistering pace that delivered a big blow to team Sky. Richie Porte started the day in second overall but was dropped on the first climb up the Portet d’Aspet and finished 18 minutes back! Bad news for Porte’s teammate Chris Froome, who remains in the yellow jersey but may no longer be able to count on his lieutenant to get him to Paris.
A tough day in the saddle for Froome without any team support. The race covered five difficult mountain passes over 105 miles from San Girons to Bagneres de Bigorre.
After those painful peaks, riders will be happy that Monday is a rest day.