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Bjarne, we have a problem…

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Stage 19 Bordeaux – Pauillac
Just one time trial in this year’s Tour, this 52km jaunt along the banks of the Gironde. The chances of a shake-up to the overall are slim. Any yellow jersey-holder with a decent lead today will have to perform disastrously to lose it in Paris. What could possibly go wrong on the penultimate day?

Well, Bjarne Riis shows you just how wrong things can go in this clip from 1997. The bike is tossed into a ditch, the spare machine ignored. “I’m sure his morale must be down in his yellow socks,” says 71. Classic stuff.

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