The wind chases Landa

The Basque lost 1:21 in a fan, in a group where other favorites traveled: Pogacar, Carapaz, Porte ... Van Aert added his second victory.


Wout van Aert, that great runner who works the same for Primoz Roglic in the mountains, who wins a great classic like Milan-San Remo, or a cyclo-cross World Championship, won the Lavaur sprint, to finish off a hectic stage, in the one that the platoon flew from the start. It is his second victory in this edition of the Tour de France, after the one won two days earlier in Privas, and the third in his record. The front group arrived launched, with the peloton broken into pieces, and with several roosters taken down by the fury of the wind. Mikel Landa was one of those injured, at 1:21, as were Tadej Pogacar, Richie Porte and Richard Carapaz. The Pyrenees appear this Saturday as a good option to compensate. The good started

Peter Sagan's Bora came out like a rocket, with a challenge on his head: the green jersey. And surely with pride hurt by the criticism, deserved, received in the squad for the lack of combativity of the previous days. At 30, Sagan knows that to win his eighth green jersey, a melee with pure sprinters is no longer enough, that he has to devise different strategies, intermediate guerrillas. And there the German team left at full speed, in a sinuous exit, at 46.2 km / h, to provoke a scuffle among the sprinters. Emanuel Buchmann, the leader of the Bora for the general, got to put his bike at 96.3 km / h, an unprecedented outrage on record. Sam Bennett, with the green clad on, Caleb Ewan, Cees Bol ... The Italian Matteo Trentin beat Sagan at the special finish line, but the Slovak virtually acceded to the leadership of the regularity, with the wolves of speed eliminated. First objective accomplished.

On this first troubled river, Thomas de Gendt let go of the rod to see if he caught any good fish. It didn't seem like the best route to try, but the Belgian's charisma has not been forged by his conformism, but by his crazy adventures and his trips to nowhere. De Gendt was hunted at the height of Castres, with the platoon positioned for a new volley, the decisive battle. Cockfight.

The wind was going to cause fans from that point, everyone knew. And still, he caught a couple of fat game. Mikel Landa, without teammates after a multiple accident at the Bahrain, began to say goodbye to what on the eve of the Tour he had described as “the opportunity” of his “life”. Just like Tadej Pogacar, the other Slovenian danger. Besides Richie Porte, the candidate who only appears in the betting, but never in the classification. The Ineos, the Jumbo, and the Astana had moved the tree and ripe fruit had fallen. The Movistar, alert, did resist in the leading group. Good for Alejandro Valverde and Enric Mas.

Richard Carapaz, wounded in this first third of the Tour, suffered a breakdown in full tension, but in this war the wounded are not rescued. Ineos picked up Jonathan Castroviejo to neutralize any damage, but no one hit the brake ahead. The race was on. And he didn't look back. The Basque could do little for Carapaz, except to give him affection. Landa and Pogacar's group caught the Ecuadorian, one more victim of the windstorm, on the eve of their land: the Pyrenees. Losses were 1:21. It's time to go back. This Saturday the great mountain arrives… And they don't all go hand in hand anymore. Big cycling day. At last.

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