Tour de France Men | Step 8
12: 51-17: 51
150.8 KM – READY, PLACE, GO TO STEP 8
With all the other jerseys as they were, Matej Mohoric looks resplendent as the new polka dot boy. There are 33 mountain points on offer today, so he will have a job to do to keep it.
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As the peloton passes the KM0 there is a BikeExchange rider at the back. Christian Prudhomme gets out of the car and waves his arms to tell the riders to slow down, so that he can join the peloton. Here we go !
HUP HUP AND AWAY
What do you think has in store today? Will this be a step to take stock, giving us time to catch our breath after the effervescence of yesterday? At this year’s Tour? No chance. With perhaps ten kilometers of true horizontal over 150 km and some change – some 100 km less than yesterday’s Monument-al stage – starting with an uncategorized climb of 6 km, we can expect some action from the first wave of Prudy’s flag.
If it remains reasonable to consider Tadej Pogacar as the leader awaiting the race, it is much less decided in advance than 24 hours ago.
Eight seconds behind Mathieu Van der Poel yesterday morning, Pogacar must today beat MVDP by almost four minutes to remove him from the yellow jersey. A more meaningful challenge can also be found by wearing red and black stripes. With Primoz Roglic barely four minutes into the last 20 kilometers of stage 7, Wout van Aert * is * the leader of Jumbo Visma, but is he ready for a GC battle? The Belgian says he is
Then there is a certain looming Sicilian shark in the mirrors of Pogacar …
After yesterday’s hilly appetizer, stage 8 sees the Tour set off into the mountains. Despite what some will tell you, we are not yet quite in the Alps, but in the Jura. hop hop hop!
SUMMARY OF STEP 7
On this fabulous Tour de France which never ceases to serve as scenarios to savor, Mathieu van der Poel defended his yellow jersey with courage and determination after fighting in a great breakaway alongside his old friend Wout van Aert, the jersey green Mark Cavendish and 2015 champion Vincenzo Nibali, as defending champion Tadej Pogacar, found his UAE Team Emirates under the cosh from the start on the longest leg of the race.
If Pogacar weathered the storm, the same could not be said of his fellow Slovenian star Primoz Roglic, who came out of the 249 km from Vierzon to Le Creusot as the big loser after being abandoned in the penultimate climb in the Last 20 km.
An isolated Roglic finally crossed the finish line more than nine minutes behind compatriot Mohoric, who won maximum points in the five climbs before securing an emotional solo victory that saw the Bahraini rider- Victorious to win a series of stage victories on the three Grand Tours cycling. .
“Not just about Roglic and Pogacar” – Emotional Mohoric wins 7th stage of the Tour de France
Milan-Sanremo winner Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) took second place at 1’20 “before Magnus Cort (EF Education-Nippo) led home a small group which also included Van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix ) and Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).
The remnants of the original 29-man breakaway dribbled the line before world champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) led the main field of home favorites 5’15 “after a late move from the l ‘Ecuador Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) was suffocated a few meters before the line.
Pogacar, the white jersey, was part of that main squad, but it was the best part of four minutes before compatriot Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) crossed the line after the 31-year-old was let loose on the ramps double-digit Le Signal d’Uchon climbs from its first appearance in the race. It was during this uphill race, 19 km from the finish, that Mohoric took a decisive step, beating the Belgians Stuyven and Brent Van Moer (Lotto Soudal) in search of glory.
Van der Poel will now enter a difficult weekend in the Alps with the yellow jersey still firmly on his shoulders, the inseparable Van Aert now his closest challenger at 30 seconds. Dane Kasper Asgreen, who edged his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Mark Cavendish for the points in the intermediate sprint before trying his hand in the hills, climbed to third place overall at 1’49 “while Mohoric took climbed 29 places to place fourth after his victory.
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