This is how tough it is when the Tour de France hits the cobbles

Riders take to social media to put a brave face on yesterday's bruising stage

There was a distinctly Classics feel to the Tour de France this year, and yesterday's stage from Seraing to Cambrai was the main attraction. With the main challenge being the seven sectors of cobbles along the way, it was an afternoon that saw much of the peloton out of their comfort zone as flyweight climbers battled against classics specialists over the rough roads of northern France.

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