Bennett flies in the sprint before the time trial

He achieved his seventh victory of the year in Riom with great clarity. There were no movements between the roosters, who kept their forces for the time trial on Wednesday.


After the nerves and the first screen of this Monday, the squad of the Dauphiné took a quiet day this Tuesday. They had to travel 177 kilometers, with three ports of the fourth category, and taking advantage of the bad weather that respected them, they gathered strength for what is ahead. Quentin Pacher (Vital Concept) and Natnael Berhane (Cofidis) were the main protagonists of the day. They escaped at kilometer 7 and were neutralized in the absence of 12. The peloton (from which Bahrain and Bora threw) wanted calm and they were the two key that offered their goal: to pass the day without frights.

Con grouped squad no one I try. Nor Alaphilippe, who on the day he turned 27, did not attempt any distant movement. He was ahead in the final rus to help Alvaro Hodeg, who finally had no chance to fight the stage. The sprint was an exhibition by Sam Bennett. The Bora cyclist started the first one, and although Van Aert and Bellerini replicated behind, there was no color. The Irishman took a few meters and gave himself the license to celebrate his triumph before crossing the finish line. It's sweet: seventh victory of the year for him and the 25th for the Bora. Meanwhile, Teuns maintained the lead of the race.

This Wednesday a new sieve will arrive for the favorites with a test against the 26.1km chronometer. It will be almost entirely flat, but it will have an important slope in the middle. Good test with the goat for the Froome, Nairo, Adam Yates, Thibaut Pinot or Richie Porte, who must recover the lost ground on Monday.



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