The Jumbo sinks Bernal

Pogacar beat his compatriot Roglic for the second time, who retains the yellow jersey for 40 seconds. The Tour champion blew up in the Grand Colombier.


The Tour is a Slovenian party, a Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic snack, in which they barely leave the crumbs of the sandwiches for others. Pogacar, the contender, beat his compatriot for the second time at the demanding Grand Colombier, the end of a day that is bidding to be the queen stage of this edition. By the way, he cut the leader four seconds to get to 40 ”. There is Tour. Roglic kept the yellow jersey, after a new recital by the Jumbo-Visma team, which crossed under the banner of the last kilometer with three cyclists still in front of the group of roosters, in which the current champion, Egan Bernal, no longer traveled. that sank in the first ramps of the port and lost 7:20 minutes, nor Nairo Quintana, who left 3: 50.

Four Spaniards arrived in that group of twelve roosters. Enric Mas, fifth at the finish line, has won two places in the standings and is eighth. The Balearic Islands grows as the days go by. Mikel Landa, seventh on the stage, has placed himself in the same position in the general standings, 2:16 behind Roglic, but 42 seconds behind Rigoberto Urán's third place on the podium. Not so far from shining in Paris. Alejandro Valverde and Peio Bilbao, squires of both, entered tenth and eleventh. None of them could attack. With the rhythm of the Jumbo, they did enough with resisting up.

The Spanish leadership was completed by Jesús Herrada, who returned to the day's break, very active during the Tour. And he took advantage of his presence there to sprint to the top of the first great pass, La Selle de Fromentel, a sign that he can fight for the Mountain. In these stages many points are distributed. But he wasn't the only one on the escape who thought about it. Pierre Rolland, an illustrious veteran, winner at the Alpe d'Huez in 2011, set himself the same goal and crossed the next level first: La Biche. Herrada passed third there, with Michael Gogl between them. Rolland slowed down to form a group, but Gogl had another idea and went downhill. That was the downfall of the Spanish, who fell very blocked and could not link.

Rolland, Gogl and Herrada himself were three good greyhounds to storm the finish at the Grand Colombier, but the Jumbo-Visma had the roller running all day and never let the adventurers build up a good lead. On foot from the port they reached just under two minutes. Insufficient before this colossus of 17.4 kilometers. Herrada, already off the hook, could at least lend a hand to its leader, Guillaume Martin, who had suffered a breakdown in the group of roosters.

The pounding rhythm of the Jumbo reaped its fruits very soon, 13 kilometers from the top, when Egan Bernal, the reigning champion, began to hang down with the other Colombian idol, Nairo Quintana. The Ineos had already given some suspicious sample, because it had not taken the head of the group at any time, when it had the need to go back, not even in the second row, which was occupied by the Bahrain of Mikel Landa. Nairo's injuries are another story. The two said goodbye to their chances of success on the Tour. A hit for the dominating team of seven of the last eight Tours, the almighty Ineos of the leading budget. The Jumbo has given him good doses of his own medicine until he is full.

The yellow steamroller gave no choice. Only Adam Yates dared to challenge the established power in the last ascent with a reckless seven-kilometer attack, which was short-lived. Tom Dumoulin, a Giro winner, was leading the way. A luxury. Along with Roglic and Dumoulin also survived, crouching, Sepp Kuss, who was celebrating his 26th birthday. It gave the feeling that the Jumbo was looking for stage victory with the American, but did not have the strength to finish the job. It would have been a surplus.

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