'It looks like I'm on my son's bike': Nils Politt on his Tour de France bike change nightmare

The Bora-Hansgrohe rider tried three times to get the right bike on stage 19 and failed

Nils Politt on a Shimano neutral service bike on stage 19 of the 2023 Tour de FRance
(Image credit: Eurosport/GCN)

Third time lucky, so the cliché goes. You might have suffered misfortune twice, but have another go, and everything should be fine, right? Nils Politt tried to make this work on stage 19 of the Tour de France as he was forced to change bike after his chain snapped on his regular steed, but ended up taking part in a farce.

Politt was in the break on Friday, just a minute ahead of the peloton, and so needed to stay up the road to keep the dream of a stage win alive. His Bora-Hansgrohe car, however, was behind the main bunch, thanks to the escape's slender advantage. It was not an ideal situation.

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