Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) won the 13th stage of the Tour de France, a 37.5-km individual time trial from Bourg-Saint-Andeol on Friday (July 15), but the day was overshadowed the events in the southern French city of Nice on Thursday night (July 14) as a French-Tunisian man driving a truck killed 84 people celebrating Bastille Day.
“Yeah I woke up to the terrible news from Nice and it was a very just question I think whether we should race or not today. At the end I think also a very just decision to race. I think we cannot let terrorists decide our lives here in our society,” said Dumoulin.
Briton Chris Froome strengthened his overall lead after taking second place, 63 seconds behind Dumoulin, according to provisional results.
In a mark of respect to the victims, the stage winners wore their new jerseys behind closed doors before appearing on a stage to observe a minute’s silence.