The stage of the day in the Tour: seven passes through the Massif Central

Landa, 1:42 behind Roglic, is clear about his strategy: "From now on all the days in the mountains will mean opportunities to go on the attack."

The favorites for the 2020 Tour face a tricky test today: seven scoring passes through the Massif Central, with a high finish line at Puy Mary (5.4 kilometers at 8.1%). In his 11th participation in the gala round, a veteran like Imanol Erviti explains the problems found in this field: "It is a continuous up and down, with narrow roads and buttons. I don't know very well what happens with the Massif, but there are always busy stages and considerable differences ".

Mikel Landa, tenth overall, 1:42 behind Primoz Roglic, is clear about his strategy: "From now on all the days in the mountains will mean opportunities to go on the attack. We have to cut and cut. I feel like I'm in a very good position. form, as I showed in the Pyrenees, and of spirits I also feel very good, convinced that if I continue in this good line of performance I will aspire to the podium in Paris ".

Egan Bernal, defending champion and runner-up, 21 seconds behind the yellow jersey, does not want to get impatient: "We will look for chances without rushing, all the Alps and the La Planche des Belles Filles time will still be missing." Asked about a hypothetical pact between Colombian cyclists, suggested by Nairo Quintana, to unseat the Slovenians, he was not at all enthusiastic: "Nairo says now that we fight together, when on the occasions when I asked him for relief he did not grant it to me. We compete. by teams, not by countries ".

Nairo, fifth at 32 seconds, slipped that "perhaps there should be an understanding between the four runners from Colombia" who are fighting for the box on the Campos Elíseos. He invoked Bernal, Urán (sixth, with the same lost time as him); and Superman (ninth, at 1:15). But he did not get the expected response. However, Slovenians do not know about fraternizing either. Roglic considers Tadej Pogacar (seventh, 44 seconds away) "the strongest runner in the race": "Now it is my turn to manage the income in the face of the Alps and the time trial". And Pogacar sees Roglic as "the man to dethrone": "I will not stop fighting to remove differences from him. Until my legs can't take it anymore ".

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