Mark Padun conquers the seventh stage of the Giro del Dauphiné 2021. The runner of the Bahrain Victorious it has imposed itself on La Plage with a beautiful action on the final climb, in which he detached the other athletes who had benefited with an action about eight kilometers from the end. Richie Porte (Ineos-Grenadiers), who with his action kicked off the battle between the men in the standings, finished in second position 34 ″ behind the winner, also going to take the yellow jersey of the French stage race. Also on the podium of the day Miguel Angel Lopez placeholder image (Movistar), who, after having made the team work, moved in first person about three kilometers from the end, arriving at 43 ″ from the winner together with Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious). In the overall standings, the Australian leader of the race is 17 ″ up Alexey Lutesenko (Astana-Premier Tech) and 29 ″ on his teammate Geraint Thomas.
Even today there is a great fight for the breakaway of the day, creating an ever-changing racing situation that leads to a paradoxically immobile race for the first 70 kilometers of the race. A very high speed that of the group, shaken by constant accelerations which nevertheless cancel each other out, thanks to the numerous interests at stake between stage victory, polka dot jersey and ranking calculations. As they approach the flying finish line they snap Alexis Renard (Israel Start-Up Nation), Marco Haller (Bahrain Victorious), Martin Salmon (Team DSM), Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels p/b KTM) e Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels p / b KTM), with the group happy to let them go, preventing other counterattacks instead. The five leaders thus manage to reach the foot of the first GPM of the day with an advantage of 1’50 “, but immediately start new sprints.
This time, however, the group lets go Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo), Lawson Craddock e Michael Valgren Hundahl (EF-Nippo), Matthew Holmes e Steff Tomorrow (Lotto Soudal), Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic), Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates) e Martijn Tusveld (Team DSM), as well as Nils Politt (Bora – Hansgrohe) e Jorge Arcas (Movistar Team) who manage to return to their pursuers. Pulled from the Astana – Premier Tech, the group keeps up with a delay of around three minutes until the foot of the long Col du Pré, which the treads start with 35 seconds ahead of the pursuers, who fall apart to try to get back on the head from the race, from which they lose contact instead Renard e Salmon. The reunification thus takes place almost at the top, with Elissonde, Valgren, Rolland, Cras, Bonnamour, Craddock, Tusveld, Arcas and Haller who cross the hill with a margin of 3’40 ”compared to the group, always led by the men of the Yellow Jersey.
After a short descent you go up again and it is there Movistar who decides to take the pace in hand, gaining a minute in the short Cormet de Roselend. It is in the long subsequent descent that the group of attackers explodes, with Haller plunging downhill, picked up by Valgren, with which he arrives at the valley with a small advantage his first pursuers, so much so that Arks, Intermediate field e Berg they fall quite easily, while Elissonde e Rolland they continue more regularly, trusting in their abilities uphill. When the road rises again, at the foot of the last GPM of the day, Valgren he starts again on his own, but his will be a short-lived action. Arriving at the first ramps with a delay of 1’45 “, the group undergoes a new violent acceleration thanks to the dispute between Ineos – Grenadiers e Movistar for those who pick up the pace. The new pace thus sees the attackers’ margin collapse, with many runners having to give way, including Fabio Aru (Qhubeka-Assos) and the White Jersey Ilan Van Wilder (Team DSM).
While the group continues to lose important pieces, including Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Rolland ed Elissonde they try to carry on their action, which is definitively neutralized by the group 11 kilometers from the conclusion. A few minutes later, while Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is setting the pace, Richie Porte (Ineos-Grenadiers) snaps from the group. The action of the Australian is followed by Enric Mas (Movistar), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) and Mark Padun (Bahrain Victorious). The latter two manage to relaunch and detach the Spaniard and the Australian, leading alone in the lead. The yellow jersey group, led by Astana-Premier Tech, progressively loses ground.
Five kilometers from the end, the battle also starts between the men in the standings. The first to try is Miguel Angel Lopez placeholder image (Movistar), piloted by Valverde out of the group. The other men in the rankings respond promptly. While Padun detaches kiss in the head and flies away in his solitary action, from the group Gaudu it attacks several times, always being reabsorbed. It has more space instead of the action of Ben O’Connor (Ag2r Citroen) and, above all, the one 3.5 kilometers from the finish line in Lopez, who leaves decided and goes to resume both the Australian in front of him and the couple Mas-Carte, thus being able to take advantage of the work of the teammate. It is later behind the action of Gaudu, which loses the right moment to hook up to the train of pursuers. Padun continues alone to take success, while Lopez places another jab, to which the only one Door manages to respond. The two resume and detach kiss, then Door accelerates within the last kilometer and goes to take the second position of the day and the first place in the general classification, given that Lutsenko comes exactly one minute from the winner.
Result of Stage 7 Giro del Dauphiné 2021
General classification of the Giro del Dauphiné 2021
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