The Tour de France will have this Friday the first great challenge in the mountains, a high finish that will refine the general classification, which is managed by the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar.
La Planche des Belles Filles will end the seventh fraction of a competition which returns to the Vosges resort, often present in the ‘Grande Boucle’ since 2012.
(Nairo, Daniel Martínez and Urán climb positions in the Tour de France)
(Egan Bernal and the impressive scar on his back)
Two years after the time trial in which Pogacar shone, the Tour returns to the traditional online race format.
This year, arrival at the top, at the end of a ramp with slopes of up to 24 percentwith a half-asphalt half-dirt coating, succeeds the 2019 edition, when the Belgian Dylan Teuns beat the Italian Giulio Ciccone.
The stage of 176.3 kilometers from the exit at Tomblaine, it offers two third-category passes (col de Grosse Pierre, col des Croix), both distanced from the goal. The race will conclude with a 7-kilometre climb, at an average gradient of 8.7 per cent, not far from Thibaut Pinot’s home.
The Tour visits La Planche des Belles Filles for the sixth time, at an altitude of 1,140 metres, a first-class ascent.
After the initial victory of Chris Froome in 2012, the Italians Vincenzo Nibali (2014) and Fabio Aru (2017) they entered their names in the list of winners, followed later by Teuns and Pogacar.
The general classification is very close and this Friday it will open up a little more, it will remain for a selected group.
The climb is short, but demanding, with an award of inclination of the branches of 8.7 percent, maximum of 24 in the final kilometer, and 20 percent one kilometer before.
Pogacar has the advantage, He is the one who is doing the best in the ascent, he is the leader and he will surely try to move to get more difference.
Neilson Powless is four seconds behind, Jonas Vingegaar is 31 seconds behind, while Adam Yates, the first man of the Ineos follows him at 39 s.
Thomas Pidcock yields 40s, Geraint Thomas, 46s and the first Colombian, Daniel Martínez, loses one minute to Pogacar.
Nairo Quintana, who has looked good, is square 11 at 1 min 05 s, while Rigoberto Urán yields 2 min 14 s.
The race gets interesting and after this hard day the general will undergo changes.
(Tour de France 2022: classifications, after stage 6)
(Nairo Quintana threatens his rivals for the mountain)
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