Tadej Pojjakar is still wearing yellow, after an eventful phase

Tuesday 12 July was heralded as a smooth recovery for the Tour de France peloton after a day of rest: a short track – 148km – mountainous but not much, from Morzine to Mogèves (Haute-Savoie). In short, a little warm-up before the rough entry, Wednesday and Thursday, with arrivals at Col de Granon and Alpe-d’Huez. after this 10e The theater was kind of eventful, not for really sporting reasons.

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The day began with the return of a health threat that everyone thought was temporarily ruled out after Monday’s negative results for tests done by the entire Peloton. Positive for Covid-19, Australian Luke Durbridge (BikeExchange) had to leave the race. But, above all, the yellow jersey lost his second teammate, Tadej Pojjakar, four days after the Norwegian Vigard Steak Langen: New Zealander George Bennett.

Among the ranks of the UAE, concern is increasingly mounting as Rafal Majka, one of the Slovenian mountain lieutenants, is also positive for SARS-CoV-2. For now, the Pole has the green light to continue the race, but “We realize that [son] The clinical picture may change and we are closely monitoring his condition.”knew the training doctor, Adrien Rotunno.

We stopped and then waited.

A few hours later, when the sport resumed its rights, the race was neutralized for twelve minutes. the reason ? The dam consists of half a dozen people sitting on the road 38 kilometers from the end. Behind this process, the last environmental group, one of whose members was associated with the Philippe Chatrier network during the men’s semi-final at Roland Garros between Casper Ruud and Marin Cilic, was renewed at the beginning of June.

“It was a bit surprising. At first I saw the first smoke bomb and said to myself, ‘It’s not very smart to know it’s prohibited.’ Then, a few hundred meters away, there was more, and you could see through the smoke of the parked vehicles.relating to Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Loto Soudal), Twelve Grande Buckley on the Clock. At first I thought the worst, that someone had been hit by a car. »

Antoine Duchesne did not fully understand what was happening either. “They told us in the headset that there were protesters going to stop the stage. We didn’t really know why. So we stopped, made sure we had plenty of supplies, and then we waited.”explains Al-Kindi of Groupama-FDJ.

Despite this sudden stop, Quebec supports their demands. “We see with the coming temperatures that we are in a humanitarian crisis. It is important that people demonstrate for this purpose (…) I think there should be more and more things like that to make sure everyone realizes that. »

Thibaut Pinot’s roommate realizes that the resumption of the race hurt his legs a little. He’s not the only one. “You run for hours, mentally preparing yourself for the end and you have to stop. It’s tough, but then we were all in the same situation.American Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo), member of the Group of 24, is brimming with the pursuit of groundbreaking man, Alberto Pettiol (EF Education Easy Post). In the seven-minute peloton, the invaluable Total Direct Energie (Total Direct Energie) Peter Sagan headed to his sporting director’s car to watch the race, already restarted in front.

Pogacar saves his shirt for 11 seconds

With all that said, we’d almost forget that in Megeve Harbor, Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education Post) was slightly ahead of Australian Nick Schultz (BikeExchange). The sprinter who’s become adventurous over the years signs his second stage win on the Tour next in Carcassonne, in 2018, already in sweltering heat. Climate change is working very well for the Danes.

“Magnus put a lot of energy into this round. It was a great day for us. The team needed this.”, greeted his colleague Nelson Paulis. As usual, Kurt Nielsen felt a good detachment, which formed about sixty kilometers after the start. Since Copenhagen, the Braves have traveled nearly 620 halls on top of the race.

Tadej Pojakar, too, made a small number to keep his yellow jersey. In the peloton he signaled a nine-minute break before the final climb, the Slovenian accelerated, and ran the last metres. Twenty on the stage, 8 minutes and 54 behind Magnus Kurt Nielsen, he saved his valuable jacket with just eleven seconds against Germany’s Leonard Kamna. Philip Gilbert summarizes: “It was a little off for him, but it was beautiful.”

With the heat in France intensifying, Wednesday promises to be even more difficult for the peloton with Col du Granon as its finale (11.3km 9.2%), thirty-six years after its lone arrival. On that day, Bernard Heinau spent the last day of his career in yellow. Despite Covid’s shadow on his team, Tadej Pogacar intends to hold on to him again, and why not get out of the race.

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