The peloton is again on the highway this Tuesday, July 6, tenth stage between Albertville and Valence. Yellow jersey: Tadej Pogacar. Stratospheric, it has – it appears – knocked out the common classification in the Alps. We’re not telling you to cease betting on Slovenian, however …
Yes, Tadej Pogacar (22 years previous) presents all the ensures to proceed his yellow march in the direction of Paris. The Slovenian is in nice form, superior to all his rivals in the mountains, time trial, and his group, opposite to rumors, is not a bunch of pink floyds. In addition, he left the Alps with a “comfortable” lead. Of course O’Connor, is solely 121… seconds away. Consistent in stage races, it has by no means come shut to the high 10 in the 4 Grand Tours contested. The others, these whom “Pogi” feared (or not?) When leaving Brest, they’re both gone or 5 minutes away. An actual margin. Let’s see three reasons to imagine in this inconceivable reversal.
The double Ventoux
The day Geminiani noticed Kubler attacking very early on the Ventoux, he had time to shout: “Attention Ferdi, the Ventoux is not a pass like the others!” In his nonetheless well-known neigh, the Swiss champion replied: “Ferdi either! Not a runner like the others …” A little bit greater, the winner of the 1950 Tour staggering, mendacity on his bike, explodes in full flight. He will end removed from Bobet and quit. This time, it is not a Ventoux that we’re speaking about however two! Pogacar acknowledged it, however stepped ahead a bit into the unknown … Let’s think about that it is not very effectively in entrance of some sharked mountain dwellers, the second summit is positioned 22 miles from Mallaucène. Indurain at the time of his splendor had nearly misplaced the whole lot in the descent …
Ineos, the return
Out of the match after his fall in Brittany (dislocation in the shoulder), Geraint Thomas is higher. We noticed it in the Alps. And on the most tough components, the new chief of Dave Brailsford’s group, Richard Carapaz, is the one who resisted Pogacar the finest. Let’s think about that by the magic of this lengthy, arduous occasion, Geogeghan-Hart (the winner of the Giro 2020 is pedaling to the dustbin) and Richie Porte discover in the third week an appropriate morale and a brand new degree. The former “untouchables” with Castroviejo and Van Baarle repeatedly up entrance, might then change into an actual downside for the yellow jersey. And in the occasion of a pitched battle, a couple of robust right now overwhelmed (Vingegaard? Mas?) Could assist them and threaten the younger king.
Rigo or … Jonas
Eight high 10 out of his 19 Grand Tours contested however no victory, simply two second locations, behind Quintana in the Giro 2014 and behind Froome in the Tour 2017 (at 54 ”…): Rigo Uran is not a “escarabacho” of the ‘yr, he could have even missed his likelihood, however he is the first of 5 in the “five-minute gang”. Everyone simply had to cringe to occupy the two remaining steps on the Champs, however on a misunderstanding… The Colombian veteran is in good condition, he climbs, rides and his expertise is limitless. That of Jonas Vingegaard a lot much less however the Tour likes younger folks (Bernal and Pogacar have introduced again the final two yellow jerseys). It could be, clearly, greater than a shock… and it could be obligatory that “Pogi” is aware of no less than one misfortune.