Dani Martínez can with two

The Colombian turned Kämna and Schachmann, both Germans from Bora, in the tough Puy Mary. Roglic and Pogacar open a gap in the general classification. Bernal is weak.


Guillaume Martin, one of the surprises of the Tour, revealed his forecast before starting the stage: "There will be a breakaway that will play the victory and then an interesting sprint between the leaders of the general classification at the Puy Mary." He was not referring to a typical sprint, but to a fierce combat in a high finish with 15% ramps. A 'Vuelta' slope.

Guillaume Martin, a graduate in Philosophy, also said that this day was "one of the queen stages" of the 2020 Tour. The arguments that defended this opinion were the seven ports that housed the 191-kilometer route through the Massif Central, with 4,400 meters of positive slope. And to top it off, this Puy Mary, the volcanic extension of Pas de Peyrol ... A discovery of this Tour. Like the philosopher Guillaume.

The getaway, indeed, was formed in a hectic first part, with attacks, counterattacks and chases, until the grouping of 17 cyclists took place. Among them was Marc Soler, for the second day in a row, specialized in guerrilla warfare. Also Maximilian Schachmann, another repeater. And Neilson Powless, the first Native American Indian to participate in the Tour, belonging to the Oneida tribe, which means something like the people of the standing stone.

Powless was the first to open hostilities on the run, on the descent of the Salers. Schachmann went after him, but the couple didn't last, because Powless fell apart. Behind they were chasing two teammates of both in Bora and Education First, Lennard Kämna and Daniel Martínez. As the American collapsed, the Colombian ate up all the hunting effort. Kämna, of course, did not take over. It was not necessary. Martínez, a recent Dauphiné winner, hunted Schachmann by himself, resisted a couple of Kämna's arreones, replied to the German sprint and was crowned the winner. The Colombian turned the two Germans over. Bravo.

The cock sprint, however, failed. In fact, Guillaume himself stayed off the hook at the previous port to say goodbye to third place. Like Romain Bardet, battered by a fall, he lost the fourth. The climb was another recital of the two Slovenians: Primoz Roglic, who tightened the pegs on all his rivals, and Tadej Pogacar, who entered his wheel and is already second in the general classification. Egan Bernal did not have his day, but he knew how to suffer and resists on podium positions, 59 seconds behind the leader, although he leaves many doubts in the air. Mikel Landa was once again among the best, side by side with Richie Porte and Superman López, and climbed in the standings to eighth position. Enric Mas sneaks 10th.

It was not the queen stage, because on Sunday the Grand Colombier appears and next week the Col de la Loze. But it was a great stage that confirmed two Slovenians as the strongest, but four Colombians are seen in the rear-view mirror: Bernal, Urán, Quintana and López. And they are not going to give up. They have already seen it with Dani Martínez. Brave.

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