Puncture in final straight leaves Elia Viviani disappointed in Tour de France sprint

The Italian reveals he contested the sprint with his wheel half flat

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Deceuninck-QuickStep produced the perfect demonstration of how to set up their sprinter for a bunch final in Chalons-sur-Saône, only to see the hard work they’d put in over six hours thwarted when Elia Viviani punctured as the peloton swept around the final turn 1,700 metres from the finish.

Although the Italian managed to contest the sprint, he had to settle for sixth place as Jumbo-Visma’s Dylan Groenewegen claimed victory.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.