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‘Worst day of my life’ – Fred Wright brooms his way through stage 11 and misses time limit

“It was the worst day of my life,” was Fred Wright’s (Bahrain Victorious) poignant summary of stage 11 of the Tour de France. Riding much of the hilly 211km to the Massif Central far behind the main group, the 25-year-old was left with only his broomstick on the final climbs to Le Lioran.

TV cameras captured Wright’s slow progress across the finish line, followed by a broom cart to the applause of a small crowd. His day and Tour ended with the clock showing he was out of bounds – one hour, one minute and 50 seconds behind stage winner Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike).