“Less solidarity in the gruppetto”

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Since the start from Nice, Pierre-Luc Périchon has been RFI’s eye inside the peloton. In this 6th episode of his diaries, the road captain of the Cofidis team, just shortlisted for the World Championships, talks about life in the gruppetto, the mini peloton where those who cannot follow the best meet. mountain climbers.

In the small papers of the coach

“I learned yesterday (Wednesday) my preselection for the road race for the World Championships (note: in Italy, September 27). It had been in the pipes for a few days, Cédric Vasseur, my sporting director mentioned it, and Thomas Voeckler (the national coach) then told me. I’m not excited, because the final list of 8 riders will be known next Saturday, but it’s already a mark of confidence, a recognition of the work done since the start of this Tour de France alongside my leader Guillaume Martin . Physically, I may not be the strongest in this first selection, but as Guillaume should be part of the adventure, he will need to be supported. We are used to working together, my condition is good, so it could be interesting. If I go, it will not be to play my card, but as on the Tour in a role of team member, for my usual leader and for all the leaders of the France team. I’m ready to take to the plank! “

A day in the back

“Today, the stage reached the Col de la Loze, an unprecedented and terrible climb. I knew her for having scouted, but in the race it’s even harder! I finished in a little group very supplied, with more than half of the peloton. The little group brings together different types of riders, mainly team members who can no longer support their leaders at the front, and of course sprinters, who have difficulty passing the passes and must protect themselves in view of the more favorable stages. The goal is to arrive together on time. There is a form of mutual aid that takes hold in this group, but less than in other years. Today, the race is harder, and when it is harder, solidarity has its limits. If a rider needs a can, and his car is not nearby, we’ll get him one, but we’re not going to drive for him either. It’s still different when we find ourselves in a small little group :yesterday (Wednesday), for example, I found myself with about fifteen runners, everyone was passing their batches to reach the finish. That’s the number one goal, and when you hear that a runner is out of time, it’s always a bit sad. It happened to Jérôme Cousin yesterday, and I was really disappointed for him because he is a warrior. “

In the gruppetto, not always la dolce vita

“There is an atmosphere that can be relaxed in the little group, but with limits. I’m a pretty talkative and joker, and not the least comfortable in general, so I sometimes let go of little nonsense, but not everyone likes it. I collect “Ta gu …!” “From those who are more to block and who do not want to joke. A little anecdote: in the Pyrenees, I was having fun with Pierre Latour, telling him: ‘I didn’t come here to suffer, OK’, and I thought about a runner who was really suffering. More generally, there are fewer and fewer teasers in the peloton. I get along well with a lot of runners, but I mess around especially with Pierre Latour, we share the same delusions. “


Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez wins stage 17, Roglic retains yellow jersey

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Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez took the lead at the Col de la Loze after the 17th stage. Slovenian Primoz Roglic took second place and keeps his yellow jersey.

The Tour de France reached its highest point on Wednesday 16 September: at 2,304 meters above sea level, at the conclusion of the 17e 170 km stage, part of Grenoble for the Loze pass. Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez won, during this unprecedented arrival, ahead of Slovenian Primoz Roglic, who consolidated his yellow leader’s jersey.

The leader in the general classification left Pogacar 15 seconds behind, in a final knife, on a dizzying slope. In the provisional general classification, Roglic is now 57 seconds ahead of his compatriot four days from the conclusion in Paris. Miguel Angel Lopez for his part on the podium. Before the start of the stage on Wednesday morning, the title holder, the Colombian Egan Bernal, had abandoned the race.

Thursday, the last day in the Alps includes three classics (Cormet de Roselend, Saisies, Aravis) and a rare and very steep climb, to reach the Plateau des Glières, in the 18e 175 km long stage between Méribel and La Roche-sur-Foron.

To relive the day’s step, minute by minute, follow the Liveblog below.


Tour de France: nearly 624,000 euros for the Pogacar team – Fil Info – Tour de France

UAE Emirates, the team of winner Tadej Pogacar, collected nearly 624,000 euros on the 2020 Tour de France, according to the earnings tally published on Sunday evening by the organizers. The largest part of this sum is represented by the check for 500,000 euros given to the winner. The Arkea-Samsic team, the least well paid, left with 15,800 euros, an average of 1,975 euros for each rider present at the start of Nice.

The price classification:

1. UAE Emirates 623.930 euros
2. Jumbo 359.460
3. Trek 165.150
4. Movistar 138,790
5. Sunweb 119,660
6. Bahrain 116.000
7. Deceuninck 111880
8. Astana 75.680
9. Ineos 74.900
10. Bora 72.020
11. Education First 60.890
12. CCC 48,810
13. AG2R La Mondiale 46.250
14. Mitchelton 41.780
15. BB Hotels 39.330
16. Lotto 38.650
17. Cofidis 34.840
18. Groupama-FDJ 33,480
19. Israël SN 22.120
20. NTT 20,760
21. Total Direct Energy 18,820
22. Arkea-Samsic 15,800


The Col de la Loze, summit and high point of the 2020 Tour de France

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On Wednesday, for the 17th stage, the riders of the Tour de France will rub shoulders for the first time in history at the Col de la Loze, between Courchevel and Méribel. The highest point of the 2020 edition (2,304 meters) has everything to become a legendary summit of the Grande Boucle. A stage that the Colombian Egan Bernal, winner of the 2019 Tour, who abandoned before the start will not see.

It is the queen stage of the Tour de France 2020. The 17th stage, between Grenoble and Méribel, looks like a torture carefully thought out to make the runners suffer. After having taken the Col de la Madeleine, a classic of the Grande Boucle, they will bang their heads against the Col de la Loze, an unprecedented 21.5 km climb, an average slope of 8% but with passages at 20% . It will be the roof of the 2020 Tour with its arrival at 2,304 meters above sea level.

“A different pass”

In October 2019, during the presentation of the route of the Tour, the director of the event, Christian Prudhomme, enthusiastically affirmed that it was the “prototype of the pass of the 21st century”.

This route was only paved in the spring of 2019. It was previously a simple dirt and gravel road allowing machines to go and repair the ski lifts in the Domaine des 3 Vallées. On the last kilometers, no vehicle is allowed: only bicycles have right of way.

A game-changing closure to road traffic, as the Tour director underlined during an interview with the Dauphiné:

The profile of the ascent of the Col de la Loze. © ASO

“It is a pass totally different from anything that we can know in France and this for a very simple reason: it was not made for cars but tarred for bicycles. The consequence is ruptures of incessant slope while the road passes are more smoothed “, he explains,” This pass is really crazy. It is a succession of walls between 1700 and 2300 meters of altitude. We hope for a crazy arrival in a enchanting setting. “

Between the Madeleine, the Tourmalet, the Grand Colombier (climbed during the 15th stage), the Alpe d’Huez… The Tour de France is not stingy with legendary passes but with the Col de la Loze, the Grande Boucle holds Is this her Zoncolan or her Angliru, the terrifying mythical climbs of the Tour of Italy and the Tour of Spain?

“I don’t know if we can compare them but it’s a really different pass,” says Christian Prudhomme.

A really difficult pass, especially in terms of breath

For the moment, the pass has only been used once in official competition: it was in August 2019 during the Tour de l’Avenir, which each year brings together the best hopes of world cycling.

And it was Bernard Hinault, the last French winner of the Tour de France (1985), present during this race, who recommended him to Christian Prudhomme:

“When I came, I was expecting something great and found something even better,” recalls the latter.

That year, the young rider of AG2R La Mondiale, Clément Champoussin, was present.

“It’s a really difficult pass. As soon as you pass the Méribel altiport, the slope quickly becomes very steep. The difficulties follow one another and the final, at a rather high altitude for cycling, adds to the difficulty in terms of breath. It’s really very intense, “he recalls, questioned by the Parisian.

“A butcher shop”

The municipality of Brides-les-Bains, already famous for its thermal cures in the heart of the 3 Valleys ski area, wants to capitalize on this new Tour de France pass to attract en masse amateur runners in need of thrills. Three days before the passage of the Grande Boucle, she organized a cyclosportive hike to offer amateurs the possibility of climbing the Loze pass. Two hundred and fifty nine people answered the summit’s call.

“The cyclists have found the climb full of surprises. We constantly wonder when we will finally reach the end. The group ‘Donnons des elles au Vélo’, an association of women who do the stages of the Tour before the riders to give visibility in women’s cycling, told me bluntly: ‘it’s a butcher’s shop’ “, smiles Bénédicte Breuls, director of the tourist office of Brides-les-Bains, interviewed by France 24.” The decor is wonderful. The participants arrive exhausted but happy. “

“The coach of the France Team and consultant for France TV, Thomas Voeckler, came to recognize the pass for a report. He spoke of an atypical and surprising climb. He is in a hurry to see how the riders will react to it” , she continues.

On paper, this playing field should be favorable to pure climbers, but could be the opportunity for one of the favorites in distress like Thibaut Pinot to offer himself a prestigious stage victory, for lack of a jersey yellow. Unless Primoz Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma again padlocked the race to prevent the Slovenian yellow jersey from being overtaken by his compatriot Tadej Pogacar, second in the overall standings just 40 seconds behind.

In any case, it will not be for the Colombian Egan Bernal, winner of the Tour in 2019, who announced his retirement on the morning of this 17th stage. He was 16th in the general classification, more than 19 minutes behind the leader.

>> Also read: The insolent superiority of the Jumbo-Visma and their “total cycling”

The French cyclist Julian Alaphilippe believes that it will be the occasion for an explanation between the favorites of the Tour.

“For me, [ce col] has every chance of being the scene of a victory for the favorites in the general classification “, considers the rider of the Deceunick-Quickstep.

Emmanuel Macron, for his part, did not miss the date. It is this stage that he chose for his annual visit to the event. During his previous visit in 2019, Thibaut Pinot, won. A sign ?


The winner of the Tour de France – Pogacar puts the cycling world in shock – sport

Where do you start, in the mandatory press round of the new Tour de France winner – after such a feverish day? There are innumerable possibilities. A variant that is unfortunately often underestimated is that of the Austrian reporters – the short excursion into winter sports is permitted – who reliably shine on such occasions with the gift of completely ignoring the scope of the event.

The new alpine world champion is then asked whether she actually talked to her service man before her big run about the fact that his daughter is celebrating her second birthday this year (resolution: “Nope”). You would love to see what your colleagues would do with an Austrian Tour Champion. But the Saturday on this 107th tour was also quite nice.

Tadej Pogacar, the Slovenian who will turn 22 on Monday, was sitting in a hall of reporters whose questions were accompanied by an echo of amazement. He reported very politely and calmly how he had wrested the overall victory he had believed to be certain from his compatriot Primoz Roglic in an unreal time trial. At some point he was also asked whether he had already spoken to his girlfriend on the phone (resolution: yes, but the reception was not so good).

A reporter, who apparently wanted a little more personal coloring, finally asked how Pogacar would describe himself. “I’m just a kid from Slovenia with two sisters and one brother,” he replied, now slightly embarrassed, “otherwise I like to enjoy life and the little things.” Then this 21-year-old, who had just shocked the cycling world, said: “This press conference is actually way too big for me.”

The Tour de France has really experienced a lot in its 117-year history: broken wheel forks that the drivers repaired by hand in forges, doping dramas, deaths, mudslides. Also final days like 1989, when the Frenchman Laurent Fignon was so sure of his cause before the time trial that he did without such newfangled stuff as time trial handlebars and helmets – and slipped eight seconds behind the American Greg Lemond. When Fignon looked in the mirror the next morning, the sports magazine remembered number one once, “he felt an emptiness, as if his soul had left him”.

And now? Primoz Roglic, a former ski jumper who switched from flying downhill to climbing uphill seven years ago, had almost pulled the world’s biggest bike race over to his side – before this very young compatriot struck him after three weeks with almost no mistakes. On the last stage on Sunday, on which the championship leader is traditionally no longer attacked, Pogacar not only wore the leader’s insignia to Paris without an accident, he also ended the tour first in the junior and climbing class.

In the history of the tour, the gaps have been closer than the 59 seconds that he put between himself and Roglic at the end – after he started the 36-kilometer time trial up to the Planche des Belles Filles on Saturday with 57 seconds behind. But the way how he had bent this finale, the scene astonished in disbelief. But: Was that also good news for the tour? For cycling itself?

Statistics of the 107th Tour de France


2010: Andy Schleck * (Luxembourg)

2011: Cadel Evans (Australien)

2012: Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)

2013: Christopher Froome (Great Britain)

2014: Vincenzo Nibali (Italien)

2015: Christopher Froome (Great Britain)

2016: Christopher Froome (Great Britain)

2017: Christopher Froome (Great Britain)

2018: Geraint Thomas (Great Britain)

2019: Egan Bernal (Colombia)

2020: Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia)

* moved up after the Contador doping case

BRIEF DECISIONS (in minutes)

0:08 minutes, 1989: Greg Lemond (USA) ahead of Laurent Fignon (France).

0:23, 2007: Alberto Contador (Spain) for Cadel Evans (Australia).

0:38, 1968: Jan Janssen (Netherlands) ahead of Herman van Springel (Belgium).

0:40, 1987: Stephen Roche (Ireland) ahead of Pedro Delgado (Spain).

0:48, 1977: Bernard Thevenet (France) ahead of Hennie Kuiper (Netherlands).

0:54, 2017: Chris Froome (Great Britain) ahead of Rigoberto Uran (Colombia).

0:55, 1964: Jacques Anquetil (France) ahead of Raymond Poulidor (France).

0:58, 2008: Carlos Sastre (Spain) for Cadel Evans (Australia).

0:59, 2020: Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia) ahead of Primoz Roglic (Slovenia).

Pogacar raced onto the course like a young racehorse on Saturday, taking twelve seconds from Roglic in the first few meters. Shortly before the final ascent – six kilometers with up to 20 percent incline at the end! – Roglic’s balance was reduced to 30 seconds. It was a bit strange: Pogacar is also considered a strong time trialist, having recently narrowly defeated Roglic in the Slovenian championships. But that was a “completely different course”, as he later said, and Roglic, who has already won four time trials in major tours, would now certainly show the sky-striker the limits.


Van Aert wins 7th stage two days after his first victory

And two for Wout Van Aert! The Belgian from the Jumbo team dominated the sprint of the 7e stage of the Tour de France which proved tricky for several contenders for the podium, Friday September 4, on the road leading to Lavaur. Briton Adam Yates (Mitchelton) kept the yellow jersey on the eve of entering the Pyrenees.

→ DOSSIER. Tour de France 2020: all the information to follow this 107e editing

Already winner on Wednesday September 2 at Privas during the fifth stage, Van Aert (25) won his second success in the 2020 Tour, the third of his career.

Irresistible since the beginning of August, the former three-time cyclo-cross world champion won the Strade Bianche and Milan-Sanremo during the period, the first « monument » of the season. For the victory, Van Aert settled a group of around 40 riders. He beat the Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen and the French Bryan Coquard (3e) and Christophe Laporte (4e).

Power stroke from the start of the Bora team

A victory not won in advance in this 168 km stage. The Slovakian team’s Bora Peter Sagan made a coup from the start by outrunning most of the sprinters, including the Irish champion Sam Bennett, until then wearing the green jersey which will be on Saturday on the shoulders of Sagan, used to the tunic.

Stretched during the first hour at 46 km / h despite the bumpy course, the race was relaunched, after a solitary breakaway by the Belgian Thomas De Gendt, when it encountered a stronger wind in the plain around Castres. The Ineos team of the outgoing winner, the Colombian Egan Bernal, took the initiative and blew up the field with 35 kilometers from the finish without surprising most of the favorites.

→ COURSE. Tour de France 2020: the map of stages

Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz, who was present in the group at the front, had the misfortune of being delayed by a mechanical incident when the pace was revived by the Groupama-FDJ teams of Thibaut Pinot, protected at best by the Swiss Stefan Küng, and Astana.

The Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, third in the standings at the start of Millau (Aveyron), and the Spaniard Mikel Landa, among the first in the general standings, are the main losers of the day, with a disbursement of around 1 min 20 sec.

Saturday September 5, the race tackles the Pyrenean massif in the 8e 141 km long stage between Cazères-sur-Garonne and Loudenvielle. With, for main course, the port of Balès, the first pass except category of this Tour.



→ The results of the day: The complete classification of the 7e stage of the Tour de France 2020

→ The general classification: Find the general classification of the Tour de France 2020


Tour winner Tadej Pogacar – Doping is an offense in the here and now – sport

Nobody can choose their well-wishers, especially not in times of Twitter. But a homage to Tadej Pogacar stood out in particular. “That was one of the best performances we have ever seen in cycling,” was a greeting after the amazing ride of the Slovenian in the yellow jersey. The sender: a certain Lance Armstrong, one of the greatest fraudsters in sporting history. He had to give back all of his seven Tour de France titles because of systematic doping.

Cycling has already seen many achievements that made it intoxicated – and about which it had to hear a few days, months or years later that it was unfortunately not entirely correct. What happened up to the Planche des Belles Filles on Saturday was somewhat reminiscent of the 100 meter race of the athlete Usain Bolt at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The performance was so unreal that even passionate observers, who generally want to scare away skeptical objections, ask themselves whether and how all of this can still be right.

There are particularly many doping cases in Slovenia’s cycling sport

Tadej Pogacar has not yet tested positive or otherwise convicted (like Bolt, by the way, not either). Nevertheless, it is not the time to be unconditionally amazed at a 21-year-old boy prodigy who is just breaking up the competition. It is the time of doubt, the history and present of cycling itself have taken care of that.

Yes, also the present. Doping is not just an offense from the Armstrong era, when the peloton was verifiably contaminated almost everywhere. But also from the here and now, although the cycling scene likes to ignore that. So many examples can be found, from the positive Salbutamol test of four-time Tour winner Chris Froome to the doping interview of a Colombian who received death threats and felt bullied when he returned to the peloton.

You only have to look at the Munich Regional Court these days. There is a spectacular trial about a blood doping ring from a doctor in Erfurt, which also included various cyclists. Coincidence or not: Slovenia plays a particularly important role. Two Slovenian drivers have been exposed as customers, the investigators are said to have inquired about more during interrogations, the equipment is said to have come to Erfurt via Slovenia. And anyway: Slovenia’s cycling has been particularly noticeable in recent years. Eight of the 19 Slovenes who competed in the World Tour between 2009 and 2019 have already been banned. The otherwise rather negligent world association UCI recently even launched an investigation against cycling there.

At Pogacar, too, there are reasons that raise doubts. His discoverer Andrej Hauptman was not admitted to the tour in 2000 because of his blood values, the top of his UAE team used to be active in teams with many doping cases. Pogacar himself revealed insane performance data on this tour, which is not considered to be the toughest in a long time for nothing. Not only did he climb the Peyresourde faster than anyone before him, in the final time trial he achieved an extraordinary value in an important category: he achieved an average of 6.5 watts per kilogram of body weight in the climb. This is an area generally only Armstrong and colleagues climbed into in their Superdoper years.


the Alps in the colors of Slovenia

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With Primoz Roglic in yellow and Tadej Pogaçar in 2nd place at the start of the 17th stage, the Slovenian flag has been flying high in the general classification, and for a few days on the edge of French roads. Like their runners, the country’s supporters are much less discreet than usual, especially in the Alps.

That was the plan: Klement and her two young children – a boy, a girl – were to spend a quiet vacation in Italy, in the Milan region. And then the echo of the Tour crossed the Alps, bringing with it unexpected news: two compatriots at the helm of the greatest cycling race in the world. Neither one nor two, the little family, flanked by a large white-blue-red flag, sets out.

« We made up our mind on Friday morning, and after the next day, after lunch, we were gone », Says the father, who in addition carries out an old project:« I’ve wanted to go see the Tour for a long time, and this year, thanks to Primoz and Tadej, it was really the perfect opportunity. As it was not planned, I could not book anything so we sleep in the car, but the children are super excited: for them, it’s adventure ! “. An adventure, and to tell in the playground, the funny story of this funny summer: two kids from their small country hazing the entire international peloton.

High profile performances

As big as Picardy, populated by two million inhabitants, Slovenia therefore provides the two best current riders of this Tour, and that with part of the atmosphere. When they step off the podiums, Roglic and Pogaçar are now escorted by heavy applause, especially since the race is approaching the borders of neighboring Italy.

Along the roads, the country’s flags, absent, or very discreet, from Nice on August 29, are more and more visible. ” We are proud », Says Inès in a slightly hesitant Frenchman. On a business trip to the Lyon region, she extended her stay to see these cyclists the whole country is talking about.

« Every day, there are live television broadcasts, articles in the newspapers. Cycling was already a fairly popular sport, but now it’s stronger “, Says this woman of forty years, for whom the secret of the talent of her compatriots is easily explained:” We are small, so we want to show that we are at least as strong as the others. And for her, between Pogaçar and Roglic, impossible to choose. It will be necessary, however, in front of the fratricidal duel which is announced.

Inès and her companion attended the passage of the Tour de France in Ain, Sunday, September 13. Thomas de Saint-Léger / RFI


Tandej Pogacar wins the Tour de France sport

In a showdown for the history books, the Slovene Tadej Pogacar stole the Tour de France victory he believed to be safe from his compatriot Primoz Roglic. Two days before his 22nd birthday, Pogacar took around two minutes from the man in yellow as the winner of the mountain time trial and will probably go down in history on Sunday in Paris as the first Slovenian winner and youngest champion of the Tour of France in 116 years.

“I can’t believe it. I didn’t notice anything, the fans were so loud,” said Pogacar: “I just gave full throttle from start to finish. My dream was actually to go, now I’m here. Unbelievable. I know not when I’ll get it. “

Roglic (30), who started the brutal fight against the clock at the Planche des Belles Filles with a 57 second lead, was only fifth (+1: 56 minutes) on perhaps the blackest day of his career and reached the goal with difficulty. In the overall standings, he is 59 seconds behind the new Tour Champion before the end on Sunday, when the yellow jersey is traditionally no longer attacked. Roglic’s Dutch team-mate Tom Dumoulin was second for the day.

Roglic was the last starter to roll off the ramp at 5.14 p.m. The starting position was very good for the strong time trial with 57 seconds ahead of Pogacar. The man in yellow started on the incredibly selective course – at first level, then noticeably uphill and the last six kilometers as a steep ramp – dosed, was only fifth and 13 seconds behind Pogacar in the first intermediate time.

Until the ascent of the final climb, Roglic lost more seconds on Pogacar. Both changed their bikes at the foot of the incline and switched from the time trial to the mountain bike. When Roglic reached the four-kilometer mark, his lead was gone. The unleashed Pogacar continued to accelerate, Roglic had nothing more to add and lost second after second.

Only one was younger to win the Tour

Tour debutant Pogacar will be crowned on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday. In the history of the Grande Boucle, younger was only one winner: In 1904, the 19-year-old Henri Cornet triumphed. The time trial on the “plank of beautiful daughters” not only ensured huge gaps at the top. “It’s an extremely difficult time trial. The executioner is La Planche de Belle Filles, the climb is extremely difficult, very uneven,” said Tony Martin.

The four-time time trial world champion had the leisure to view the course without too much effort and was around seven minutes behind. At the finish he watched with amazement as his jumbo team-mate Roglic gave up the great triumph. The best German was Max Schachmann in 17th place. “I didn’t feel so fit in the past few days, I drove today according to my feelings, and in the end it wasn’t that bad,” said the Bora professional: “It was already there hurt up there, but the atmosphere was great. “

Roger Kluge started last at 1 p.m. in the overall standings and was therefore first. The German veteran of the Lotto Soudal racing team kept the red lantern and will probably be the first German to keep it in Paris in 1935 after Willy Kutschbach. His gap to the front runner – more than six hours behind Pogacar – is the biggest one of the worst since 1955.


Lennard Kämna wins on stage 16, Primoz Roglic still in yellow

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The young German Lennard Kämna won in Villard-de-Lans during the 16th stage of the Tour de France. The runner of the Bora-Hansgrohe was able to give up company to his breakaway companions in the penultimate difficulty of the day. The Primoz Roglic yellow jersey was not endangered.

Second at Puy Mary in the 13e stage of the Tour de France, Lennard Kämna this time raised his arms. At the 16e stage in Isère, between La Tour-du-Pin and Villard-de-Lans, the runner of the Bora-Hansgrohe managed to give up company to his breakaway companions in the penultimate difficulty of the day, leaving the Carreau including Richard Carapaz and Julian Alaphilippe.

Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz, winner of the last Giro, took second place, almost a minute and a half behind, ahead of Swiss champion Sébastien Reichenbach, third at more than two minutes.

The victory of the stage was played between the members of the breakaway-river of 23 riders formed in several stages in the first half of the race. The French Quentin Pacher, who took the lead of the group 35 kilometers from the finish, presented himself in the forefront, at the foot of the climb of Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte, with an advance of the order 13 minutes on the peloton. As the summit approached, less than 21 kilometers from the finish, Kämna gained the upper hand and then widened the gap on the Vercors plateau. He thus brought the Bora team its first success since leaving Nice, the first also by a German rider since John Degenkolb during the 2018 Tour.

Primoz Roglic in control

The favorite peloton, with the Slovenian yellow jersey Primoz Roglic, crossed the finish line more than 16 minutes after Lennard Kämna. The leader of the Tour de France spent the day well surrounded by his teammates who brought back the timid attacks of Guillaume Martin, first Frenchman in the general classification.

Primoz Roglic’s runner-up, Tadej Pogacar, tried to attack him in the final ascent but failed to make a difference.

With AFP