Today’s stage: Cluses-Tignes (144.9 kilometers, five passes)
Tignes returns to the Tour de France. In 2019, the Savoyard resort could not even admire the peloton since the race had been interrupted upstream, at the top of the Iseran pass. A hailstorm and a mudslide on the road linking Val-d’Isère and the Tignes dam had made the road impassable.
The unimaginable conclusion of a crazy day. Grimacing and dejected, Thibaut Pinot abandoned the route of the Tour before Julian Alaphilippe lost his yellow jersey under the sharp attack in the Iseran of the future winner of the Tour, Egan Bernal.
This Sunday, for the 9e stage, the Grande Boucle returns to Tignes after 145 kilometers dotted with five listed passes. In addition to the Domancy hill, dear to Bernard Hinault, who won his world title there in 1980, the peloton will climb the Col des Saisies, the Col du Pré, the Cormet de Roselend and, for dessert, the climb to Tignes (21 km to 5.6%).
The rider to watch: Jonas Vingegaard
Dropped into the Uchon signal on Friday, then from the first kilometers of the 8e stage Saturday July 2, Primoz Roglic has given up any chance of winning the Tour de France since his fall in the 3e step. His Jumbo-Visma team must find another leader to try to worry Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates). The high mountain limits of Wout van Aert are not yet known, the Dane Jonas Vingegaard has everything to become the new map of the Dutch team.
Third in the time trial between Changé and Laval on Wednesday June 30, the 24-year-old climber is fifth overall, 5 minutes from Tadej Pogacar. He has good credentials this year, in which he won four of his five professional victories. He has already beaten the Slovenian in the 5e stage of the UAE Tour in February before overtaking him again on the podium of the Tour of the Basque Country, finishing second behind Primoz Roglic. Falling yesterday in the descent of the Mont-Saxonnex hill, Vingegaard will have to heal his wounds to weigh on the race. But the podium objective is clearly achievable for the white jersey (Tadej Pogacar already holding the yellow)!
A viewer like any other who appreciates the spectacle offered on the Tour since the departure from Brest on Saturday 26 June. Absent from the Grande Boucle after his 7the place during the Tour of Italy, Romain Bardet is enjoying the scenario of this first week. “It’s a slightly more traditional, more classic course”, had however reacted the Auvergnat on France Televisions, during the announcement of the course, before making his mea culpa.
The DSM team rider is currently preparing for the Tour of Spain after making the Tokyo Olympics his goal. A deadline not really in the plans of his team, which prompted the Frenchman to give up the Olympics.
“In the last ascent, I was afraid of being caught by Pogacar”
Two years after his victory at the Planche des Belles Filles, Dylan Teuns offered himself a new stage of prestige, this time in the Alps, in Le Grand-Bornand. Left with the breakaways, the Belgian saw Michael Woods go alone before chasing him. Of the group of three, then four, he was clearly the stronger and showed it in the last climb, where he caught up with the Canadian before letting him go.
But he was also scared with a potential return from Tadej Pogacar. In his quest for the yellow jersey,
No sign this time but an umbrella which ended up on the ground in front of Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix). An image that perfectly sums up the cold and rainy day experienced by the Dutch and
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