The barometer of the favorites of the Tour de France: Pogacar cuts, Vingegaard reassured but alone

The barometer of the favorites of the Tour de France: Pogacar cuts, Vingegaard reassured but alone
The barometer of the favorites of the Tour de France: Pogacar cuts, Vingegaard reassured but alone

Pogacar, take the hand

While he had voluntarily given up the yellow jersey on Monday in favor of Carapaz, after having unintentionally taken it the day before in Bologna, Tadej Pogacar made his first claw move 800 meters from the summit of Galibier by unhooking Jonas Vingegaard from his wheel. Beyond this first round won, it was the strike force of his UAE team that made a strong impression. “It was a great performance from the whole team, especially João Almeida and Juan Ayuso in the Galibier before the great work of Tadej Pogacarsaid Mauro Gianetti, manager of the Emirates team. It’s an incredible performance.”


Vingegaard passes the test, his team doesn’t

The Dane was still the only one able to respond to Pogacar’s attack, but he let go of a hairpin further on, and fell 10 seconds behind the Slovenian at the top of the Galibier. He was unable to close the gap on the descent and finished 37 seconds behind, caught by several riders including Evenepoel and Roglic. But he wanted to be positive, after this first test in the high mountains. “I would have liked to close the gap, but that’s the way it is. We came here expecting to lose time on three stages in the first four days, so to lose just once is pretty good.”judged Vingegaard, 3rd at 50 seconds overall.

This first test is however more worrying for his team. Matteo Jorgenson was in fact the only Visma-Lease to bike once past the Lautaret, and the American, who “Has had better days”he smiled, dropped out four kilometers from the summit, leaving his leader facing four UAE. “We expected it”assumed Grischa Niermann, the sports director.

Evenepoel finally gets away with it

Remco Evenepoel appeared for a while to be the only one who could follow Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard during the Slovenian’s attack on the final slopes of the Galibier. But it was a decoy. Right from the start of the descent, he was caught by the group made up of Carlos Rodriguez, Primoz Roglic and Juan Ayuso. Before being overtaken, not very comfortable in some hairpins, scalded by a reconnaissance in wet conditions a few weeks ago.

The Belgian lost up to 7 seconds, before using his qualities as a rider in the last ten kilometres and its straighter, less winding sections, as he had imagined, to get back into the group with Vingegaard, Ayuso, Roglic and Rodriguez. The Belgian even finished second in the stage, a bonus point.

Roglic limits the case

The Red Bull Bora-Handsgrohe leader initially raised fears of the worst when he found himself cut off from the main pack at the start of the stage, during the interminable climb to Sestriere (39.9 km at an average of 3.7%). But with the help of his teammates, he quickly got back to the group of favorites. Then? The Slovenian was unable to follow Tadej Pacacar’s attack on the Col du Galibier, like most of the other leading riders. He still managed to force himself on the descent to Valloire to catch up with Remco Evenepoel and then Jonas Vingegaard. Roglic was nevertheless unable to obtain any bonus at the finish, finishing 4th in the stage, 35 seconds behind Pogacar. He now occupies 5th place overall, 1’14 behind his compatriot.

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