(Sportcom) — The Tour de France leaders regrouped on Tuesday, but the Bora-Hansgrohe rider slipped on stage 10. German Leonard Kamna tried to steal the yellow jersey from Slovenian Tadej Pogakar (UAE Team Emirates), who resisted at the end of the 148.1km of the day.
For Quebec Antoine Duchesne and the Groupama-FDJ squad, the goal of protecting Frenchman David Gaudou was met the day after the second day of the holiday since the start of this Tour 109 Grand Bouquet.
“[On a eu] A big fight at the start with the UAE who had little control at the start of the race. Duchesne, 88 of the day, commented he’s giving a frantic start to the race and everyone is in attack, which makes it very difficult.
Support the cyclist from Saguenay Gaudu so that he can maintain his good position in the general classification. He finished 25th in the peloton thus remaining 1min 38sec behind Tadej Pogacar and the captain.
“Everything went well. We were in control of the final to put David, who followed the leaders. For now, everything is fine. We are now preparing for very tough and hot days this week,” Duchesne added.
For his part, Hugo Holley (Israel’s tech prime minister) closely followed his compatriot, ranking 89th. The athlete from Sainte-Perpétue tried on a few occasions to be part of today’s breakup, but to no avail.
“We knew the breakup had a lot of chances to go all the way. In the end, I was in the match, but the counterattack left,” he said, satisfied with his feelings.
His teammate Simon Clark, the fifth stage winner, was among the fugitives. Hall chose instead to join the peloton and save his strength for the next steps.
Guillaume Boivin, who is also a member of the Israel-Premier Tech team, ranked 136th.
Note that a group of protesters blocked the runners’ path to protest climate change by about 35 kilometres, forcing them to pause for ten minutes.
“I hurt my leg when we had to start over, but it was definitely worse for the runners who escaped. In the peloton we had a slightly quieter pace. It sure broke the rhythm, and it doesn’t often happen that you have to stop,” Hall commented.
Tadej Pojjakar fights back
Before the finish in Megève, Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez (Bahrain – Victorious) broke away from the leading group with six kilometers remaining. Meanwhile, German Leonard Kamna was in good shape to take the win on stage and in the yellow jersey. However, he hesitated for a while and Sanchez increased his lead, while the other cyclists contained him in the pursuit group.
Australia’s Nick Schultz (BikeExchange – Jayco), American Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar) and Dutchman Dylan Van Baarle (INEOS Grenadiers) raced to join the party alongside Sanchez.
The quartet’s pursuit group followed up to the port of Megève after crossing the Red Flame. A two-person sprint was formed in the last 100 metres, and Dane Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education-Easypost) outperformed Schultz by just a few centimeters for the win.
Kamna, who arranged the rear end in this group, was the tenth to cross the finish line. Then he waited for the result of Slovenian Tadej Pojacar (+8:54), who was able to defend his yellow jersey thanks to the 20th place.
The Double Defending Champion holds 11 seconds over Kama in the provisional general classification. Dane Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) finished third, trailing the leader and favorite by 39 seconds.
After giving up COVID-19-stricken Norway’s Vegard Stake Laengen, Tadej Pogacar saw another team member withdraw from the Tour de France on Tuesday for the same reason. New Zealander George Bennett had to throw in the towel.
The eleventh stage, which is 151.7 kilometers long, is likely to shake things up on Wednesday. After the majestic Telegraph and Galibier passes, cyclists wait to climb 11.3 km at Col du Granon, at an altitude of more than 2,400 metres.
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