Siesta in the countryside

Elia Viviani won the sprint a tedious stage and already has victories in the big three laps. Alaphilippe, in yellow, worked as a launcher.

The Tour recalled in the morning in his digital live that the last Frenchman who wore the yellow jersey in a way out from Reims was José Catieau in 1973. He had been dressed the previous day in the same cathedral city, and faced his first defense in a He traveled to Nancy, just as he did this Tuesday with Julian Alaphilippe. Catieau kept the pledge for four days, until it ceded in favor of his teammate and leader, Luis Ocaña, who swept in that edition with seis stage wins and with 15:51 minutes ahead of the second in Paris, Bernard Thévenet.

While reading this information, the squad was pedaling through the French countryside, for a journey of 213.5 kilometers with no other benefit than to allow us to enjoy the beauty of the landscape and the French monuments, shown with pleasure for television production. Three adventurers filmed outstanding with their role assumed from the start: show their advertising jerseys CCC and Wanty (twice). Yoann Offredo, who repeated riding, was accompanied by Mickael Schär and Frederik Backaert. The trio merged with the field. The trot was hypnotic, each time caused more drowsiness.

And suddenly I started to fantasize, but maybe it was just a dream. A little nod. I saw Catieau again dressed in a hundred-year-old yellow jersey. Catieau was really Alaphilippe. And his leader and Spanish teammate did not have the face of Luis Ocaña, but of Enric Mas, the trick of the Deceuninck team for the general classification.

The noise of falls took me out of the sleep. The falls are also part of the Tour, especially in this first week. Tony Gallopin was among those affected. Meanwhile, the peloton trimmed the tedious kilometers that were missing until the goal, without wanting to cut too much the advantage of the escapees, which they kept in sight. Better not to hunt them down yet so that the henhouse would not be disturbed. They will fall. And they fell.

The wolves of the sprint were not going to allow a leak in their territory. And among those wolves was Elia Viviani, again the Deceuninck, omnipresent and voracious throughout the season. The Belgian team does not fight exclusively for the generals of the rounds, it likes to play all the clubs. Add victories in the classics, the sprint ... The yellow jersey is no stranger to the block, it has already dressed him with six different runners. The cyclists pass, the name of the squad changes, but the spirit is always the same. Win, win and win again.

That is why it was not strange to see the yellow jersey, Alaphilippe, lead the platoon two kilometers from the finish line to accelerate the Deceuninck international train. On the contrary, this work of the leader symbolizes what this team means in cycling. After the French, it was Morkov's turn. Danish. And after Richeze, the last pitcher. Argentinian. Only the auction was missing, and Viviani did not forgive. The Italian beat Kristoff and Ewan in a narrow sprint, to add to his fruitful track record a stage in a race where he had not yet raised his arms. Ya has triumphs in the Giro, the Tour and the Vuelta. The complete collection.

The Deceuninck does not renounce anything. And this Thursday the mountain arrives at Vosges. There we would like to see Enric Mas with the best. And do not say it was a dream of a summer nap.

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