Latvia's Toms Skujiņš comes close to Tour de France stage win

Latvia's two participants in this year's Tour de France made heroic efforts over the last few days, with both making their mark on one of the toughest challenges in sport. 

On September 1 in stage four Krists Neilands (team Israel Start-Up Nation) was awarded the combativity prize for a brave breakaway that almost paid off and certainly made for a more exciting race.

Then in stage eight on September 5 Toms Skujiņš (team Trek-Segafredo) came tantalisingly close to a stage win, finishing second behind Dutchman Nans Peters by 47 seconds after battling for the win much of the day. Previously his best finish in a Tour de France stage was a fifth-place finish in 2018. 

He was magnanimous despite the disappointment of having come so close to an historic stage win.

"Not a win, but I'm still happy. When the strongest guy wins there's not much you can do. A few more chances to go one place higher, so will hopefully make you guys yell at TV screens again," he wrote on Twitter.

In the overall rankings on September 7, Skujiņš lies in 49th place and Neilands in 90th place.

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