Sagan reaches the top of the climb with Scachman and nearly topples the Germans in the process. Trentin is there and is looking to go back but Bennett is distracted on top right there.
Bennett is placed behind this bora train. And they are finding a difference on the rest of the bunch…
Sagan will be hoping he can take the maximum points out of the bunch in the intermediate sprint, which comes 6 km after the climb, and Bennett will be dropped and nobody picks up.
Bora came from the front and lighted the approach and Kung went upwards.
Kung and Teens attacked the initial Cat-4 climb. It is only 1 km, but the average gradient is 8.4%. Bora would definitely look to hurt Bennett.
Inios’ performance yesterday attracted criticism from his former director Sean Yates, who wonders why they ride so hard on this difficult climb, and whether Bernal got his training wrong. Full story at the link below.
Sean Yates raises serious questions over the Innos Tour de France strategy
171 km to go
All of this is now quiet in the bunches, and the trench of Kung and Thune flows after 23 km to 2:15.
Bol and Pedersen are now flowing back to Peloton. Maybe Bol only wanted to go into a big break? There should be no explanation for Pedersen.
Kung and teens are also non-visible. They talk over it before settling down and continue to press.
Pederson approaches Bol, and it smiles all between the pair. They are not eager to try for the Kung and Teens. strange.
Bol gets up and waits for Pedersen.
Hold on, Casper Pedersen (Sunweb) has other ideas. He springs from the pack and begins to make his way across. No response from anyone else in Pelton.
Now the herd has lost momentum and things are calming down. Kung, Bol, Teens exit for 30 seconds.
Here’s how the points classification stands ahead of this upcoming intermediate sprint
1 Sam Bennett (Irl) Dessenink-Quickstep 252
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrove 186
3 Brian Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 162
4 Caleb Ivan (Aus) Lotto Saudal 155
5 Mateo Trentin (Ita) CCC Team 146
It seems that Mateo Trentin (CCC) wants to join it. He is interested in intermediate areas. Benoit Cosenfroy (AG2R), the leader of the mountain classification, also makes a move but is brought back.
Kung makes it three front to back sides. However, he has only got a few seconds, and it is still trailing.
Kung is next to answer and puts in a large acceleration from the bunch.
One more rider now clips the chase as we hit a false flat bend. The first proper climb comes after 31 km.
The attack has stalled, but it has not completely subsided yet. The difference is slim.
Edward Thans (Trek-Segfredo) jumps across.
Next up with Sunnyweb Sis Bol.
Asgreen looks like she wants to distance herself here instead of just policing for Bennett. He turns to the front and takes out his elbow. It is widely spread, but there are no gaps at the moment.
Asgarine closes it once again before going in front of that group. The peloton is lined up and acceleration is coming and going in a frantic start.
De Jandt’s Lotto Saudal teammate Roger Cluj is next to leave, and he is joined in a smaller and larger combo by EF’s Sergio Higuita.
Thomas de Jendt tries a trick, but it is not going anywhere. Kull and FDJ again look curious.
Total Direct Energy launched the first move, but it was quickly snuffed out by Caspar Asgreen of Deskink-Quickstep. There is an intermediate sprint after 38 km, and Quickstep clearly has Sam Bennett in Green Jersey…
here is my!
François Lemarchand rises from the sunroof and waves his yellow flag. The attacks begin immediately.
Today we are headed to Lyon, back in 1903, to the final of the first leg of the Tour de France. Maurice Garin won that day and achieved the distinction of becoming the Tour Stage winner for the first time. .
Wondering who will be in the break today? We have fielded some candidates for the remaining races. We saw a few of them on the road yesterday, while the first name on that list I think is a major pick for today.
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The riders are seated behind the director’s car, as we pass the last few kilometers of this pure field.
We have received information about those restrictions, as well as information on yesterday’s forum, where officials will try to stop anyone to see the two last climbers.
Banned fan coronoviruses from the Tour de France begin and end in the red areas
The riders exit via large crowds at Clermont Ferrand. Start and finish regions will be restricted from here as we go back to the coronovirus red areas.
Race leader Primose Rogic on the podium a while back
Before we leave, why not catch up on tomorrow’s action?
It was a double whammy, with a fierce fight from Golmaal to a stage win, as well as a proper GC shake-up. Reports, Results, Photos … They are all here.
The pre-stage podium ceremony in Clermont-Ferrand is going well, and riders will roll out at 13:05 local time, so in just 10 minutes. The neutral zone will follow 15 minutes before officially commencing. Yesterday was full gas, and we are likely to see a more active start today.
This stage is classified as ‘flat’ in the Tour de France road book. Not sure how they came to that conclusion. They have not achieved total elevation, but Col du Béal takes us to 1400 meters, not to mention the four other graded climbers and the slogan of that long disorganized climb. After yesterday’s feast of 4,400 meters of elevation, it is another heavy day.
Hello and welcome as the Tour de France enters its second weekend. The big summit on the Grand Chemistier takes place on Sunday, but first we have this mountain platform that takes us out of Massif Central and closer to the higher mountains than Lyon. The Brequay hopeful had identified it long before.