Matej Mohoric and Brent van Moer tackle the next coast of the day, the category four coast of Glux-en-Glenne and their lead has slightly increased on the yellow jersey at 1min 3sec, while Tadej Pogacar and the peloton are still 5min 20sec away on the road. Van Moer, moreover, was hailed as the next Thomas De Gendt by the king of breakaways himself and has already scored a fine victory this year at the Critérium du Dauphiné last month before narrowly running out, and finally d ‘ to be eclipsed by, for Cavendish on Tuesday.
Does Nibali smell of blood?
Considering the number of injured riders in the peloton, it is hardly surprising that the rider who is nicknamed the Messina shark turns here today. Entering the breakaway, the Italian, who is one of the seven riders to have won the three grand tours, climbed to fourth place in the virtual general classification. Nibali was in action at the Giro d’Italia last month but hasn’t done much, which isn’t surprising considering he broke his wrist just weeks before his debut, and it takes starting to wonder if he could really be a challenger on this year’s Tour? Before all those opening weekend crashes, I think not many people will have supported Nibali, but everything has changed. Could the shark retaliate?
80km to go
Everything changes at the front of the peloton and Jumbo-Visma, led by Tony Martin. move to the front alongside his former training partner Luke Rowe (Ineos Grenadiers). Matej Mohoric and Brent van Moer, meanwhile, remained in the lead after this final climb and are currently leading the 21-second stage, while the yellow jersey is about six minutes forward of Tadej Pogacar and the rest of the peloton.
Mohoric and Van Moer open mountain accounts
The first categorized hill of the day, the hill of Château Chinon, was crossed with relative ease by the breakaway and Matej Mohoric won the two points offered on his summit in front of Brent van Moer who opened his account with the only point remaining. on your mind. to grab. By the way, Mark Cavendish managed to grab onto the group’s tails as he slowly made his way up the climb. Most of Cavendish’s races this year were in Belgium so he didn’t do too much climbing, in fact he said Telegraph sports a few weeks ago he flew to Tuscany for a week – one week! – to train in the mountains. The mountains could be Cavendish’s Achilles heel on this year’s tour and so seeing how he does in those hills today will be really, really interesting.
As it is. . .
Okay, so what’s going on on the road? Few will be surprised to find that a fairly large breakaway is currently leading the way. However, the composition of the group may raise eyebrows for some people.
There was a flurry of attacks from the start of the stage, although it took a while for something to stick and once that held up what group of riders formed into the royal escape – Check this out: Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Soren Kragh Andersen (DSM), Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Dylan van Baarle (Ineos Grenadiers), Jan Bakelants (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels-KTM), Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka-NextHash), Marc Cavendish (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Magnus Cort (EF Education-Nippo), Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Iván García Cortina (Movistar), Philippe Gilbert (Lotto-Soudal), Dorian Godon (Ag2r-Citröen), Ruben Guerreiro (EF Education -Nippo), Hugo Houle (Astana-Premier Tech), Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe), Christophe Laporte (Cofidis), Xandro Meurisse (Alpecin-Fenix), Brent van Moer (Lotto-Soudal), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorieux) , Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), Boy van Poppel (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Michael Schär (Ag2r-Citröen), Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo), Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Harry Sweeny (Lotto-Soudal), Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) and Simon Yates (BikeExchange).
Surprisingly enough, the yellow jersey other green jersey managed to enter the breakaway, as did former grand tour winners Nibali and Yates while Van Aert, who started the day third overall, also got involved. I don’t remember seeing the Tour leader enter the breakaway of the day, but I’ve never really seen a versatile rider in the Van der Poel mold who never ceases to amaze us all. There are a lot of talented riders in this group more than capable of winning today.
As soon as the peloton realized that the breakaway had gone on the road, the United Arab Emirates team moved their entire team to the front in an effort to manage their losses. With Tadej Pogacar starting the second day overall and looking at the dominant rider in this year’s race, especially after his time trial performance on Wednesday, none of the other teams, your Ineos Grenadiers, your Jumbo-Vismas, your EF Education -Nippos and so on, didn’t seem in the mood to help the chase. Some have wondered why the UAE team bothered to hunt, but if they didn’t, those on the road might have gained a huge advantage of more than 10 minutes. Presumably, the rivals of UAE Team Emirates will be more than happy to see them work hard today in the hopes that it can tire them out ahead of the next mountain stages.
Regardless, this group of 29 men worked well together for the first two hours and managed to gain more than five minutes on the peloton before reaching the intermediate sprint of the day in Saint-Bénin-d’Azy. where Cavendish added to his tally to extend his lead in the points standings. The Briton now leads Jasper Philipsen by 66 points after just seven stages – I think it’s the same to assume that Cavendish won’t take any more points once the stage hits the hills.
Once past Saint-Bénin-d’Azy, Cavendish and a few others abandoned the breakaway, but after exchanging a few words with the Portuguese Ruben Guerreiro, the Manxois sank before reconnecting with the stage leaders. Guerreiro, however, retreated before reconnecting with the peloton a few minutes ago.
90 km from the end of the stage, the 28-man breakaway holds a 6 min 20 sec lead over the peloton as the first climb of the day approaches, category 3 Château Chinon hill. Here is a reminder of the key figures for today’s upcoming climbs. . .
So what’s on the daily menu?
A bit like some of the routes that we are used to seeing on the Giro d’Italia, today appears, on paper at least, a stage in two halves. The opening 150 km are relatively flat before a sequence of five categorized climbs reinforce the climb of the stage which, once the line has been crossed at Le Creusot, will have reached a significant total of 3,120 meters of vertical drop.
Here is an overview of the most important figures of these climbs. . .
. . . and a breakdown of the points that can be earned in the mountains.
But what about those who only have eyes for the green jersey?
Catching up: Highlights of yesterday’s stage. . .
. . . can be viewed here. . .
Hello and welcome to our live blog from the seventh stage of the Tour de France, the 249.1 kilometer race from Vierzon to Le Creusot.
After another stage that took cycling fans back over a decade to a time when Mark Cavendish was winning sprints for fun, today’s stage promises to be a whole different affair. At 249.1 km, it is not only the longest on this year’s Tour, but it also has more distance than any other day of the world’s greatest cycling race in more than two decades. Anyway, before we take a look at the course, let’s remember the general progress of the race.
After finishing safely in the peloton after first helping his teammate Alpecin-Fenix Tim Merlier to fight for the stage where he was vice-champion of Cavendish, Mathieu van der Poel retained its first place in the general classification and will be so once again yellow jersey, the yellow leader’s jersey. The Dutchman takes eight seconds ahead of defending champion Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) in today’s stage, while Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) starts the day third overall, 30 seconds behind his great rival Van der Poel.
Cavendish (Deceuninck-Quick Step) will wear the shirt green, the green jersey, for the third day of this year’s round, winner of the 2011 competition, with 46 points ahead of Philipsen, while Nacer Bouhanni (Arkéa-Samsic) is third three points more.
Once again, no change in the mountain classification on Thursday, and therefore for the sixth consecutive day Ide Schelling (Bora-Hasgrohe) wants to dress in the polka dot jersey, the polka dot jersey, a competition that the Dutchman born at one meter above sea level has been leading for five days. He wore it in the name of Van der Poel for a day.
And finally, Pogacar will wear the white jersey, or the white jersey, best youngster ahead of Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) second while David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) retained his third place after a calm day for the riders in the general classification.