The Most Heart-Pounding Finishes in Tour de France History

It's hard to believe that after 23 days and 2,200 miles of vigorous pedaling, mere seconds can separate the man standing atop the podium from those to his left and right. After all, at the Tour de France, every second of those 90 hours in the saddle is precious.

Losing by a hair during a sprint finish in one thing, but losing by eight seconds after the rigors of the most difficult sporting event in the world is bound to create a life's worth of second guessing and what-ifs. These six painfully close Tour de France finishes have probably caused countless sleepless nights for the runner-up.

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