BAGNÈRES-DE-BIGORRE, France — Britain may have voted to leave Europe but it is dominating the Tour de France.
Friday’s stage, the fist in the high mountains, brought the fourth win by a British rider in seven stages.
It was also the fourth win by a rider on Dimension Data, an African registered team that, under a different sponsor, debuted at the Tour last year. At that time, the team was more of a curiosity than a significant force.
Friday’s winner, Steve Cummings, used two perfectly timed attacks to escape a breakaway group to ride solo over the first major mountain pass of this year, the Col d’Aspin, before going on to a solo victory. Greg Van Avermaet, one of the riders Cummings left behind, managed to hang onto the yellow race leader’s jersey despite being a sprinter rather than a climber.