"There's going to be a bottle shortage": Tour riders battle the heat

The peloton faced temperatures pushing 40°C en route to Rodez today - and more of the same is expected through to Paris.

Cycling can be thirsty work

Former Hour Record holder Matthias Brändle had an ice pack shoved down his jersey by a soigneur seconds after crossing the finish line. Stage escapee Wilco Keldermann downed a can of drink as if somebody was trying to take it away from him, while Frenchman Jérome Coppel tipped a bottle of Vittel over his head in such a way a modelling contract can’t be far off.

Everywhere you looked after the finish line of today’s Tour de France stage to Rodez, riders were desperately seeking to cool themselves down, regardless of how acclimatised they are to racing in near 40°C heat.

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.