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Tour de France 2016: Top Banana stage 8

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We threw this one open to the public today, and what a day it was.

“Surely there’s only one nominee,” said John Dobson, referring to Chris Froome’s stupendous attack on the descent of the Peyresourde. With his backside firmly planted on the toptube, the defending champion pedalled for all he was worth in this hair-raising and seemingly unstable position to stun his rivals and claim an early yellow jersey.

Fair shout, John, but not Top Banana material.

George Bennett, however, lands a bendy yellow potassium missile for stopping to aid Lotto-Jumbo leader Wilco Kelderman, whose tub has unceremoniously come unstuck following a crash. The Kiwi tries a wheel change himself, before the mechanic arrives to take over. Kelderman’s off and away on a new machine, while Bennett is stood holding two crocked bikes and scratching his head.

Kelderman lost some time to the main contenders today, but hats off to Bennett for trying to keep him in the running. And thank you to Nick Brookes on Twitter for the nomination.

More fruity frolics to follow in Andorra tomorrow.

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