"During his period of domination, in the first mountain stage in high altitudes, he'd hit hard," Tour director Christian Prudhomme said. "This is the first time it's not happened like that."
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"You can rationally say it's the end of an epoch, the third version, after the episode of his return from cancer, and his domination," Prudhomme said. "The third act has certainly taken a different turn."