The Luxembourger, at the end of a 62 km solo raid, got the victory in 9e stage drawn between Aigle and Châtel, this Sunday. The Franc-Comtois distinguished himself in a mind-boggling chase full of grace.
From our special correspondent in Châtel,
After a fall (22e km), the good shot started with a fortnight of drivers: McNulty (UAE Emirates), Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Castroviejo (Ineos Grenadiers), Cosnefroy, Jungels (AG2R-Citroën), Konrad, Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe ), Verona (Movistar), Geschke, Izagirre (Cofidis), Sánchez (Bahrain Victorious), Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Goosens (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert), Dombrowski (Astana), Uranus (Ef EDucation-Easypost), Barguil ( Arkea- Samsic), Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Latour (TotalEnergies), Niv, Houle (Israel Premier Tech) and Bonnamour (B & B-KTM). 3’14 ” 89.9 km from the finish. Bob Jungels would soon go into action …
The brilliance of Bob Jungels
AG2R-Citroën had a day that seemed like a split. At the back of the group, Australian Ben O’Connor has not escaped mechanical problems and accidents since leaving Copenhagen experienced another difficult day. At the head of the race, the Luxembourger Bon Jungels gave a smile to the formation of Vincent Lavenu giving way to the group of getaways to turn alone, 2 km from the top of the Coll de la Croix (62 km from the finish) , we miss a controlled descent and has 1 ‘in advance 37 km from the finish. Jungels (winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2018), a brilliant comeback after having leg surgery (of iliac endofibrosis in 2021). Sign your 2e victory on a grand tour (after a bouquet on the Vuelta in 2017), the first victory of a Luxembourger on the Tour des d’Andy Schleck in 2011 at the top of the Galibier. The AG2R-Citroën team (21 wins on the Tour) signs a third consecutive stage victory on the Tour (after Nans Peters in Loudenvielle in 2020 and Ben O’Connor in Tignes in 2021).
The last battle of Thibaut Pinot
A little fair and unhappy when La Planche des Belles Filles (7e stage), the Franc-Comtois still clings to its goal in this Tour: a stage victory. He’s hooked on the good getaway this Sunday. An ideal opportunity to regain momentum and trust the spirits that accompany it. It started against 9 km from the top of Pas de Morgins. The Franc-Comtois was 50 ” 14 km from the finish. And 25 ” 4 km from the line. Finally 4e of the stage (doubled in the last kilometer by the Spaniards Castroviejo and Verona). Sublime epilogue from a last position that put him back in the chair. He has received the Fighting Spirit Award.
The yellow jersey came out like a devil out of his box in the last few inches. To pick up what it could be. And pocketing Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates, Enric Mas, Nairo Quintana, Romain Bardet and David Gaudu for three seconds. But not in the vigilante Jonas Vingegaard who ended up in the shadow of the Slovenian anime. Pogacar, determined to jump at the slightest opportunity.
Alexandr Vlasov is losing his temper
Team leader Bora-Hansgrohe was one of the main leaders to give way in the final (15 km from the finish). The Russian gives 27 ” to Tadej Pogacar and the main candidates for the positions of honor. It remains the 12the place in the general classification (3’12 ” by Tadej Pogacar).
Mathieu van der Poel fighting
The Dutchman carries his sentence in this Tour. The Giro-Tour sequence cut him off at the track. Team leader Alpecin-Deceuninck holds on but suffers. Van Aert spends his days in front, Van der Poel is expelled quickly. He finished in the group (113e at 27’35 ”).
Christopher Froome, another day in the shadows
The four-time Tour winner is just a shadow of himself. As soon as difficulties arise, he suffers. The British quickly got into trouble (46e on arrival) lost 12’02 ”.
Daniel Martínez, Ineos leaves feathers
The Quant was, with Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates forming part of the Ineos trident eager to maneuver to try to destabilize Tadej Pogacar and have several cards. Martinez has lived, this Sunday, a day without (70e at 16’2 ”).
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