Tadej Pogacar is 30.8 kilometers from his second Tour, because the 108 between Chatou and Paris only count for the final sprint and the celebrations. Although the Slovenian has 5:45 on Jonas Vingegaard and practically needs to get to Saint Émilion safely to seal the title. It interesting will happen from behind, in the fight between the Danish and Richard Carapaz for the order in the honor ceremony.
With a 2:27 advantage of Carapaz over Ben O’Connor, third and fourth classified in the 2021 Tour, the box seems more than determined. Vingegaard has six seconds to rent. One is at 5:45 and the other is at 5:51. If you take Laval’s time trial as a reference, things will end like this. Then, the yellow won with 27 ” over Vingegaard, third in the stage, and 1:44 over Carapaz.
For the promising 24-year-old Jumbo climber is “a dream come true” to be so close to the Champs-Élysées: “I did not know if I would be able to withstand the pressure of a hand in hand with the Tour favorites, but I managed it. Now I need to certify a place on the podium in the clock, hopefully second”.
For Carapaz there are no regrets. He put Ineos to work to “try to break the race from afar”, although they were unsuccessful: “I gave my best every day, like my colleagues. If you don’t give up and always get 100%, you shouldn’t blame yourself for anything.” However, An alignment with three great winners, Carapaz (Giro 2019), Tao (Giro 2020) and Thomas (Tour 2018), will have to settle for the drawer, without victories for now. The national squad has not celebrated triumphs either. Enric Mas will defend his sixth position and Pello Bilbao, ninth, aspires to eighth by Guillaume Martin. The French distance him in 1:02.