After a brief, but intense, contact with the Massif Central, the Tour faces today and tomorrow the first major ports in the Alps. This afternoon they play five, with the first three in the last 46 km: Mont-Saxonnex (5.7 km at 8.3%), Romme (8.8 km at 8.9%) and La Colombière (7.5 km at 8.5%), with 14 km of dizzying descent to Le Grand-Bornand. Tomorrow, another five summits with a high goal in Tignes.
La Colombière will be climbed for the 23rd time in the history of the French round. On three occasions a Spaniard first passed its peak: Fernando Manzaneque, in 1960; Vicente López Carril, in 1975; and Eduardo Chozas, in 1987. Julian Alaphilippe, current world champion, crowned him for the last time in 2018 before winning in the same arrival of this 2021. Alaphilippe would not “mind repeating”, although the margin for surprise is reduced after the break in which he leaked Van der Poel, Van Aert and Nibali.
The controversies around Movistar are no longer surprising. Yesterday, Alejandro Valverde and Enric Mas locked up with Michal Kwiatkowski at the finish line after the telephone team shot after Richard Carapaz and accusations were exchanged with the Pole., which they ugly to bother. The pursuit of the Ecuadorian evoked La Covatilla, although the squad justified it in that it was defending Mas and trying to drive away Roglic, then off the hook.
TO 1:50 by Tadej Pogacar (and 5:33 by Mathieu van der Poel), But he needs to climb places against direct opponents: “We find a few in a half-minute handkerchief, but I will attack if the right opportunity presents itself. offensive style, my legs work more than in 2020 and I intend to improve that fifth position. “Ineos and Movistar only took the lead of the group when they were interested in finishing off Roglic or catching Carapaz, and that was pointed out by the Slovenian, despite the fact that he Try a career situation: “I found it ugly that they didn’t support more.”