Slovenian champion Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) triumphed emphatically in the seventh stage of the 108th Tour de France, along the nearly 250 kilometers that took the riders from Vierzon to Le Creusot. In second place, behind by 1’20 “, went the winner of the Milan – Sanremo, Jasper Stuyven (Trek Segafredo), with the Dane Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education Nippo) who finished third, depriving the yellow magic Mathieu of the bonus. Van der Poel (Alpecin Fenix).
The Dutchman comes out of this fraction, however, strengthened in the record even if the price paid for today’s effort will be understood only tomorrow. Now in the ranking he precedes the eternal rival Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma) by half a minute with the winner of the Tour of Flanders, the Danish Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck Quick Step), third at 1’49 ”. The two Slovenians follow: the winner of the day Mohoric, fourth at 3’01 and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates), now fifth at 3’43 in front of a resurrected Vincenzo Nibali (Trek Segafredo), sixth at 4’12 ”.
It was the fraction where Pogacar was to be put in trouble. In the end, however, it was a positive day for the Komenda champion who got rid of the most dangerous opponent, compatriot Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma), who went into crisis 20 kilometers from the finish where he arrived five minutes late on the good Tadej. Furthermore, the brave attack from Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), who at one point had gained 40 seconds on the 2020 Tour winner, dissolved 100 meters from the finish. Those who precede him in the standings cannot scare the 22-year-old Slovenian golden boy who today not only limited the damage but also took advantage of a situation that at one point seemed to become dangerous. The attack started after 50 kilometers, in fact, if it was true that it contained a lot of quality, it then dissolved at minus 70 from the finish when Mohoric, by far the strongest in the race today, began to get rid of his teammates. like bowling pins.
Tomorrow the eighth stage will be staged, the first of the Alpine weekend. With today’s fatigue in their legs, the runners will travel 150 kilometers from Oyonnax to Le Grand Bornand. There are five GPMs scattered along the route with the three of the first category, the first of this Tour, concentrated in the last 50 kilometers. You will climb, in order, the Cote de Mont Saxonnex, the Col de Romme and the Col de la Colombiere, whose passage is only 14 kilometers from the finish. Tomorrow the tactics will give way to the legs.