Pierre-Saint Martin (France): Briton Chris Froome savagely ripped the heart out of his Tour de France competition on Tuesday by streaking to victory on the first mountain stage of this year's race.
The 30-year-old Briton, who started the day in yellow, blitzed one rival after another before coming home alone at the end of the 167km 10th stage from Tarbes to la Pierre-Saint Martin.
"It was a dream day for us so hopefully we can set into that defensive way we’re riding and keep the jersey," said an elated Froome.
"It’s certainly not over, there’s a long way to Paris and as you can see in bike racing things change very quickly."
The Sky team leader made his attack with a little over 6km left on the brutal 15km climb to the finish. At that point, reigning champion Vincenzo Nibali had already been dropped and two-time former winner Alberto Contador was struggling. He later said: "It was a terrible day and Froome rode off to demonstrate his authority."