Sam Bennett dominates the sprint a very bumpy stage

The Irishman from Deceuninck won ahead of Ewan on a very stressful day for the peloton, marked by PCR results, wind and crashes.

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The Tour de France got back on track after the dreaded day of rest with all but one: its director. Rest Monday had become the most tense stage of what we have been in the race due to the uncertainty created by the results of the PCR tests. Two positives in the same team, regardless of whether it was from a runner or an assistant, meant expulsion from the race. An invisible threat. Four squads touched the tragedy with a case in their midst, none of them cyclists: Ineos, Mitchelton, Cofidis and Ag2r. He was shocked. More than one sighed. Everyone to the stage ... All but one: Christian Prudhomme, the head of the Tour, does have to serve quarantine. His position obliges him to numerous social relationships, without going any further with the French Prime Minister, Jean Castex. With or without its director, the Tour will arrive in Paris.

Thus, with Prudhomme behind the television, the entire platoon set off on the very flat stage this Tuesday, which presented other dangers above the pandemic: the wind and falls. Accidents, unavoidable, occurred during the 169-kilometer journey, without respecting gallons. Just like a virus. Bewley, who was forced to leave, Roche, Pinot, Poels, Sivakov, Van Baarle, Reichenbach, Skujins, Barguil, Dayer ... 65 kilometers from the finish line, in a curve to the left, Tadej Pogacar and Guillaume Martin, two roosters of the general, they rolled on the ground in a pile that affected the head of the race, where the roosters with stiff ears circulated. There was no viciousness from the platoon, which allowed the two to be linked.

The tension was not going to end there, far from it. The wind was always lurking in this maritime area, between the Île d'Oléron and the Île de Re. Less than 20 kilometers away, the most dangerous, most uncertain situation was experienced. Fans, falls again ... Carapaz, Superman López, Valverde and Alaphilippe were cut off. There was no viciousness this time either, although the net had caught big game game. The platoon, after the relief of the coronavirus, continued in a solidary attitude. No victims, only those unavoidable by injuries. Those who had to enter the front did so.

The peloton thus advanced towards an announced sprint. Sam Bennett this time won the game over Caleb Ewan and Peter Sagan, with which he managed to make his debut in the Tour list and, incidentally, became part of the select group of cyclists who have conquered stages in the big three. Last year he won two Vuelta goals, two times ago he dominated three Giro arrivals… and he already has the fat one. Being a sprinter for Deceuninck, the most successful team, forces you to win. The Irishman was excited in the subsequent interview. A dream come true. Primoz Roglic, well escorted by the Jumbo-Visma, kept the yellow jersey. Through thick and thin.



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