Alberto Contador: “We’ll see if Tadej Pogacar has a real competitor” during the eleventh stage that ends in Granon

Bush was amused. And it’s the kind that’s hard to digest for those who definitely don’t like drops. Tuesday in Megève’s direction, there was no arguing about the coronation. “We knew this stage would be very easy to try anything related to the general classificationTune by Grischa Niermann, Jumbo-Visma sporting director. But Wednesday, change the scene. Reaching the top of the Col du Granon is a pivotal moment, eagerly awaited by our advisor, Alberto Contador.

I think this eleventh stage is more important than Thursday’s stage, with the famous finish on top of the Alpes d’HuezEl Pistolero. This is where racing can play, everything can change“According to him, we will finally know if the Tour of France 2022 is set to keep us in suspense until its conclusion, on July 24. Or not.”We’ll see if Pogacar has a real competitor’,” sums up the 39-year-old former Spanish rider, while Tadej Pogacar will test a fifth day in yellow at this Tour on Wednesday.

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Contador doesn’t cite Jonas Weinggaard, but in addition to his status as the double-champion’s closest threat among the favorites (third at 39 seconds), the Jumbo-Visma rider retains a memory of his former Grand Buckley. Last year, he had watered down “Boogie” in the last hectometer of Vento. The round seems to have already played out, for the Slovenian’s favour, but this moment when I lower my head in the face of the Dane’s acceleration is a hope that thrill fans will cling to.

The Pogacar appears to be superior to Vingegaard everywhere…except perhaps at very high altitudes, at long, steep elevations. This is today’s menu exactly. Victory will be awarded at an altitude of 2413 meters above sea level, after an ascent of 11.3 kilometers with an average gradient of 9.2%. Granon does not have the slightest prestige in the general public, but it is difficult to compete with its difficulty. “It’s so hard”, according to our expert, although not really allergic to steep roads.

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It’s a very difficult climb, one of the hardest I’ve seenVingegaard abounds, while Pogacar hasExcited to be there“and talking about”Nice stage, with a long and brutal final pass.”. More brutal, even before climbing this forgotten giant, contestants will have to face the Télégraphe-Galibier sequence. This is the first big encounter in the mountains. “The speed at which the previous climb will be made can make Granon more complicatedContador notes.

The winner of the 2007 and 2009 editions of the event retracts by closing: “Teams like Jumbo-Visma may send runners up front, like Primoz Roglic, thus putting Pogacar under pressure. “It’s still not named Vingegaard. But the message is crystal clear. Wednesday’s work will probably tell us more about the duel between the 2021 Tour winner and his runner-up. If ever there was a duel.

Col du Granon profile: 11.3 km by 9.2% and a continuous inferno at a very high altitude

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