The pack rides during the twelfth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 159.4 kilometers (99 miles) with start in Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and finish in Nimes, France, Thursday, July 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) CHRISTOPHE ENA AP
Rarely in the spotlight, Nils Politt struggled to believe victory was his when it finally came at the Tour de France.
After dropping his last remaining rivals on the road leading to the city of Nimes in southern France, the German rider hit his helmet several times and shook his head as if to say, “I can’t believe it.”
After the strange feeling sank in, with the finish in sight, Politt made a big heart sign with his hands and crossed the line on his own to post only the second stage win of his professional career.