Who can “dynamite” race in the mountains?

Even if Tadej Pujakar seems untouchable, several features stand out before the great crossing of the Alps to destabilize the leader. Employees review their strengths and weaknesses.

Morzine’s Private Correspondents

The Vingegaard-Roglic duo *****

The good news for the Dutch team is that Primoz Roglic, who fell hard on the cobblestone stage (the Slovenian, who was regularly insulted on the Tour, dislocated his shoulder) was able to get back on his feet, regaining his strength. and sensations. He’s still in ambush in the general classification (11 at 2’52”) and could, in the mountainous stage sequence, be an added possibility to pester Tadej Pogacar who might be suffering from a heat wave. The Jumbo-Visma team, at the beginning of Copenhagen, was presented as the most hardened, experienced, most capable of destabilizing the person on whom everything slips, difficulties, adversity, and pressure: Tadej Pogacar. “ We won’t attack without thinking but we won’t even stay Paris without doing anything either. ”, is Merijn Zeeman, one of the managers of the Jumbo-Visma team. Meanwhile, after 9 stages, the balance of power remains the same. Jumbo-Visma has strong assets but has already spent a lot (especially with Wout Van Aert) and Pogacar escapes from all the traps. Rudely those who suspect nothing.

Tri Ineos ***

The British squad (which has won 7 of the last 10 rounds) has struggled since 2020 in the wake of Tadej Pogacar. Ineos, after the ninth stage, saw Colombian Martinez suddenly disappear (30 at 17’12” off the yellow jersey). But the team has three riders in the top 7 of the general classification (Geraint Thomas 3rd place at 1’17 in the yellow jersey; Adam Yates fourth at 1’25”; Thomas Bidcock Seventh at 1’46”). What you can play. “ I’m striving for the ultimate victory and will do my best, even if I know I’m already behind the Pogacar, especially given the way he’s running. But anything can happen at Grands Tours, especially right now, with the dreaded Covid forcing us to be very careful. ‘, summarized inFrance Press agency Geraint Thomas. Will Ineos assets be able to join forces, take turns to attempt a Pogacar falter and take down the Tour or will they be content to follow and limit damage to ensure good places overall? For now, they were content with the role of watchers eager to take the blows.

Vlasov, the riddle **

Alexander VlasovBora-Hansgrohe captain, discovers the Tour de France. In Copenhagen, he made it to the starting line with a reputation born from his success in the Tour de Romandie and the Tour de Suisse he was captain before having to hurry up after testing positive for Covid. Falling and hitting the lower back, the Russian (12 by 3’12”) cracks his teeth. He could – if his fitness left him at peace – be among those who would pedal to try to turn things around and thwart Poojacar’s plan to head to the coach towards a third successive success of the Tour.

He must choose Bardet and Gaudu **

V at 1’38’ off the yellow jersey, David Godot He remains in a perfect position for the podium, a goal announced before the big start. The Groupama-FDJ leader continues to advance in the mountains and asserts that he is one of the best climbers in the world, but he is not as immune to failure as he did last year at Ventoux. “The Télégraphe-Galibier Pass is probably the climb I’ve done most often in my life, and the Alpe (d’Huez) was legendary. I know these two stages by heart, I have often been in training in the areaOn Monday, the captain said he knows that the time trial in Rocamadour will not necessarily be favorable to him the day before he arrives in Paris. behind overall (6 by 1’39), Roman Bardet convincing progress. “Keep all doors openIt’s hard to decipher his remarks he made on Monday during rest day. However, at a fork in the road, he must make a decision, either to play overall or to reimburse, which is what he had in mind Before the start of the 2022 edition, his fall on Saturday and his continued unease may lead to caution in the Alps.But if he delivers the same level of performance as in the last Giro, he could create a surprise.

Nairo Quintana wants his move **

Nairobi Quintana Chomping a little bit. Finally, the Alps, his best playground, he is always capable of lightning, at least for a day. He will strive for a phased victory. The heat he’s accustomed to may be an asset. “ We are with the best. I’m in a good state‘ said the climber from Arkea Samsic who will inevitably attack at one time or another, knowing that he will lose a lot of time in the trial of Rocamadour. It remains to be known where? In the Alps or in the Pyrenees?

Thibaut Pinot, the unpredictable*

On Sunday, Thibaut Bennott showed he had his legs to go looking for a mountain platform, but had to be a shrewd strategist, as the Groupama climber set off too late to attack the Jungels. “It gives me ideas for the future.Frank Comtois was often recognized there when we least expected him. His manager, Marc Madiot, gave him a good exit in the ninth stage, but his role above all else is to be at the service of Gaudo who will undoubtedly need him on Wednesdays and Thursdays. However, he may be free Tuesday to engage in a breakup.He has the advantage of not being a threat in the general classification of favorites.

and so *

Spaniard Enrique Mas (Movistar; eighth at 1’50”) is the origin of a formation that has struggled in recent years to establish a clear hierarchy that has been crushed by Alejandro Valverde’s character. He may surprise Mas (2nd in the 2018 and 2021 Vuelta). Warren Bargill too (We’ll have to take risks, there won’t be 50 chances, for Warren, I have big ambitions to win a stage,” confirms Yvonne Ledanoise, Arkéa-Samsic sporting director.).

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