My question for you all is: Who are the two riders suffering in his wake and what year and race is this? Good Luck.
I did a little research. This almost has to be Stage 13 to the Ballon d'Alsace. Why you ask?
1979 was the first year that I ever saw the Tour, it was the first year MOST Americans had ever seen the Tour. It was also the first year the there was drug testing for steroid use. The first person to fail that test? Our Polka Dot Jersey wearer Giovanni Battaglin, oh my!
As a result Gio was docked 10mins and lost the KOM. Imagine that, all they did was dock him time and then allowed him to continue the race. At any rate, crazy as that is, this seems to indicate that this was the last Mt stage he would have been in the spotty jersey.