The Tour peloton disputes today the longest stage of the 2021 edition: 249 kilometers between Vierzon and Le Creusot, with a brief foray into the Massif Central that translates into five scoring passes (two of 4th, two of 3rd and one of 2nd, with bonus seconds at the top) in the last 88 km. If the favorites decide they are interested in the day and the Signal d’Uchon bonus, there will be a ruckus. If not, the first opportunity will be presented for a getaway to succeed..
To Thomas de Gendt was not allowed to escape on the way to Châteauroux and he was not very amused: “If level names are put in the cuts, it seems that we bother”. Today he would like to repeat, since he did not forge the first attempt at adventure: “Perhaps in a more rugged terrain there is a clearer option.” In case the Aspirants to the title are encouraged, three names appear in all the pools if it ends in a small group: Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and Julian Alaphilippe.