The fearsome Ventoux arrives

The Tour will offer today one of the most important days of 2021: the double climb to Ventoux as a tribute to the 70 years of the first time it was promoted.

The-fearsome-Ventoux-arrives
The Tour will offer today one of the most important days of the 2021 edition: the double ascent of Mont Ventoux as a tribute to the 70 years of the first time it was climbed in the gala round. In 1951 Lucien Lazarides opened it as a port of passage. Thomas de Gendt conquered it in 2016, on the last visit… that of the foot race of Chris Froome, winner in 2013. While De Gendt only has "good memories", for Froome it is "a mixture of sensations": "I remember of my triumph, but perhaps more because of the bad time of breaking the bike and running like crazy to reach the goal. Also, this year I am not in the fight for the title ".

The Mont Ventoux is also featured in a one-day event created in 2019, the Dénivelé Challenge. Then Jesús Herrada prevailed and in 2020, Aleksandr Vlasov. On June 8, Miguel Ángel López crossed first, now at 54:26 behind Tadej Pogacar, and third, Enric Mas, sixth overall (at 5:47). The two Movistar runners want the Spaniard to begin the assault on the Paris box on the Mount of Winds: "The second step (15.7 km at 8.8%) will become a for himself who can, and we want to leave behind to the greatest number of rivals ".

The yellow jersey expresses itself as pragmatic as usual: "A victory does not matter because it is a historic summit, but rather to retain the Tour leadership or further distance the opponents. Ben O'Connor, second at 2:01, accepts Pogacar's challenge: "I would like to compete face to face with the favorites and retain my privileged position." Rigoberto Urán, third, is at 5:18; Jonas Vingegaard, fourth, at 5:32; and Richard Carapaz, fifth, at 5:33. There is battle. Or should.



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