level five. Bao to Laruns. 162.7 km.
This is what awaits the riders of the Tour de France on the mountain stage today.
The mountains Col de Soudet and Col de Marie-Blanque will probably give us some answers about what the riders chasing the leader’s yellow jersey are like.
According to Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme, the mountains at 1,540 and 1,035 meters above sea level aren’t so ideal for big attacks, but they confirm that anything can happen.
last: After riding just over three miles, a giant 36-runner breakaway managed to break away from the main field. The group included, among others, Uno-X rider Torstein Træen, who was already injured on the first stage of the Tour and suffered a broken elbow.
But when cycling’s elite had to climb the first HC-rated climb of the year, the boy from Heradsbygda could no longer keep up with the break. And so he was caught by the main field with 80 kilometers left in the podium.
It wasn’t just Træen that had to be let go, as some 17-18 riders remained from the breakout. Several of them scattered after several climbs.
There are approximately 35km to go and the main attackers have a four-minute lead on center field.
Among them are the stars Wout van Aert, Julian Alaphilipe and Giulio Ciccone.
Another thing worth noting is that Fabio Jacobsen struggled a little 20 kilometers from the stage, but it seemed like he managed to make contact with the main field again.
This will be the first climbing duel of the Tour between superstars Tadej Pogačar and Jonas Vingegaard. Jumbo-Visma’s sports director, Mirren Zeman, is ready for anything.
Bogar can try to attack anywhere. We always have to be prepared, because he’s a wild racer. He says in an interview that he goes for it and that means we always have to be prepared cycling news before today’s stage.
The end of the stage is expected to be around 17:20.
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