Taddeo POGACAR. 10 e ships. Yesterday he smiled, today he laughs. He calls a team together, asks Davide Formolo (grade 8) to give the last beating, then he starts as a Marco Pantani and closes every speech. He snaps and takes Carapaz with him, briefly, for very little, just long enough to understand that he should have done everything by himself and then he does everything by himself. Closed tour? There is also tomorrow: to close it. Then save those who can. You want to invent strategies, to think about putting him in crisis, also because he is too strong in everything: uphill, time trial and flat. He is a Merckx with the face of a child: he does not have a bad face, he tears you to pieces with a smile. It reminds me of Pantani di Oropa, since it picks up almost everyone, one by one (if I have not counted badly, I would say 17). At this point he just has to pay attention to the Green-toothed Lady, the one Roglic and Thomas have already met on their way. What struck me? That among so many anorexics, he has pulp, he doesn’t seem to come from Biafra. Advice to give? Nobody. None at all. Indeed, one yes: after such a difficult day in the rain it would be good if you covered immediately after the finish line. Which he did not do: perhaps that would be the case.
Dylan TEUNS 10 e ships. For the 29-year-old Belgian from Bahrain it is the twelfth career victory, the second in the Tour after his triumph at La Planche des Belles Filles two years ago. For the team the 18th victory of the season. Dylan is not out of place on this day that will not go unnoticed, which will mark the history of this Tour and of cycling everything. He runs with intelligence, reasoning and managing his strength: he wins as a champion. With a monster behind. And it was not taken for granted.
Ion IZAGIRRE. 8. The 32-year-old Spaniard from Astana Premier-Tech holds up the name of the celestine company. Second in a stage that leaves its mark and he too, in his own way, puts a signature on it.
Michael WOODS. 8. The 34-year-old Canadian from Israel does not spare himself a bit, perhaps this is his only real limitation. But today, perhaps, there was really no way to save money: you can’t here.
Wout POELS. 7.5. He is perhaps among the most active men of the day, always in the heat of the brawl, and in the end the 33-year-old Dutchman of the Bahrain team takes home a good 5th place in addition to the mountain polka dot jersey. Tonight in the Bahrain house they have something to celebrate. Not much, however, tomorrow we climb again …
Simon YATES. 5,5. He is there, he has the opportunity to do something good, but he does not have a brilliant day. In the end, he hits a place in the top ten (6th), but something else is expected from someone like him. As they say in these cases: the Tour is still long.
Guillaume MARTIN. 6. With the “scientist” (to quote Magrini: 8 votes to him and his travel companion Luca Gregorio) there is also the “philosopher” who takes home a good 8th place. I already hear you: why to the scientist 5,5 and the sufficiency to the philosopher? Because Simon Yates is Simon Yates and Martin is Martin. The Briton has the engine to do something more.
Mattia CATTANEO. 6.5. Ready off, and he is in the wind, responding to tons of attacks and counter attacks. It is a continuous relaunch of the action and he is one of the most continuous and determined. Then, after an hour and a half, he manages to take off with Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos Grenadiers), Micheal Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation), Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Aurelièn Paret-Peintre (AG2R Citroën Team), Nairo Quintana (Arkèa Samsic), Soren Kragh Andersen and Tiesj Benoot (Team DSM), Dylan Teuns ( Bahrain-Victorious), Christopher Juul-Jensen and Simon Yates (Bike-Exchange), Ion Izaguirre (Astana Premier-Tech) and Sergio Henao (Qhubeka-Assos). Let’s say that he also gets carried away and pulls like a madman, in the end he is missing something.
Jonas VINGEGAARD. 6.5. The 24 year old Danish from Jumbo Visma finishes his fatigue in the top ten, this guy has what it takes to sell.
Alexey LUTSENKO. 6,5. He defends himself, to defend his ranking position (3rd). The day is complicated, but he doesn’t get confused.
Richard CARAPAZ. 5. There is little to say: do what they should and can. When Pogacar leaves, he is timely in responding, then goes out of his way and is forced to grit his teeth so as not to drift away. You save.
Rigoberto URAN. 7. You don’t see it very much, but it’s there. He is there, 4th in the overall standings, and awaits better days. He is supported by condition and very good experience (he is 34 years old): those areas are his territory.
David GAUDU. 5.5. He comes behind, but his goal is clear: to be the first of the French. At the moment it is: 9th (12th Martin).
Rui COSTA. 7. Today UAE Emirates does what it was supposed to do yesterday. Team ready and on the piece, he takes on his shoulders the load of a shirt that they do not have yet, but which then arrived.
Wout VAN AERT. 7. The Belgian champion tries again today to jump into the fray (and maybe he’s wrong). In the end he remains in the leading group and, when the fight breaks out under the blows of the pedal from Formolo, he does well to proceed at his own pace (he arrives 21st at 5’45 ”from the winner). He is always 2nd in the general at 1’48 “: for today, the maximum.
Bauke MOLLEMA. 5.5. It will come out in the distance, that is clear, but at the moment it always goes out a little too soon.
Jakub FUGLSANG. 5. The Dane arrives at a quarter of an hour.
Miguel Angel LOPEZ. Four. It falls even today, by itself. Then the painter is stripped.
Alejandro VALVERDE. 5.5. At the end he enters the day’s escape, then he pays for the frost and rain: it is not the day.
Sonny COLBRELLI. 7. The rain man feels the sun in his veins and immediately heats up the race as the Italian champion knows how to do. The tricolor is also waving in France, not only in Monaco, not only in Germany where Mancini’s boys made us dream, but there is also the great heart of this runner who is hunting for points for the green jersey (his i 20 points of Frangy’s flying finish line).
Mathieu VAN der POEL. 8. It reaches over 21 ‘, with a small group in which there is also our Vincenzo Nibali who at the end lifts the foot of the accelerator and comes out of the standings. The Dutchman, however, has the great merit of having delighted us for a whole week. Thank you.
Primoz ROGLIC. 8. He arrives with Geraint Thomas at over 31 ‘: marked in morale, marked above all in the physical. Too bad that two performers of this caliber have been cut off from the game by murderous falls. Too bad indeed.