Pogacar dusts off the group of favorites

The seventh of the 5
e stage, on Wednesday, Tadej Pogacar escaped mechanical problems and falls on the cobbled sections. Slovenian is 4
e in the general classification, 19 seconds from the yellow jersey, Wout van Aert. MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP

The Slovene became the big winner of the cobblestone stage won by Australian Clarke.

The Tour de France favorites were scheduled to take stock after 5 p.m.e stage, full of cobblestones. At 2637 km from Paris, photography is not artistic blur. Tadej Pogacar emerges clearly. Very comfortable on the streets of Copenhagen shining in the rain (1D stage), then turning along the rugged and dusty roads leading to Arenberg, the Slovenian virtuoso has escaped the main reefs and takes on his role as a favorite without difficulty. In the dust and madness of an uncontrollable stage, Tadej Pogacar, with a smooth face and pedaling smoothly, fled mechanical problems and falls and sowed discord. The formidable Jumbo-Visma team that had imagined plans on the cobblestones collapsed, wrapped in an annoying series of setbacks. Scattered attack force.

36 km from the finish, the Danish Jonas Vingegaard, the victim of a puncture, found himself trapped in the heart of a fun episode. He subsequently borrowed the bicycles of two comrades, mounts on which he was too high perched to attack the last cobbled stretches. Trapped in a fall, Primoz Roglic struggled to get away from the group … Jumbo-Visma who, on Tuesday, had scored points and encouragement during the 4e the stage arriving at Calais, saw how the seconds fell like violent blows of hammer. Before saving the face in extremis behind the back of the Australian Simon Clarke who, at 35, achieved the greatest success of his career, the first of the Tour of his formation Israel-Premier Tech (“Honestly, I didn’t feel able to be a winner, cobblestones are not my specialty“).

Wout van Aert, who has fallen during the stage, keeps his yellow jersey (13 seconds ahead of American Neilson Powless). Groggy, after spending the day trying to fix a totally crazy scenario, the Belgian admitted: “It was a big surprise when I found out I was yellow. It was not a good day. We fought in the back when we wanted to fight in the front … But we showed that we could work hard even when the circumstances were unfavorable..»

A grueling chase

Exhausting persecution will leave its mark. Physical and mental. In the announced duel against Tadej Pogacar, Jonas Vingegaard lost only 13 seconds (like the British Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates, the Colombian Daniel Martinez, the Russian Alexandr Vlasov, the Frenchman David Gaudu and Romain Bardet) but he left a lot of strength. After the fall, Primoz Roglic saw 2 minutes and 8 seconds pass. Last year, the Slovene fell during the 3rde stage of the Tour, had retired before the start of the 9the stage. This year, he suffers a dislocation of the shoulder …

Fear of tomorrow has long tied the race. Tadej Pogacar took advantage of the cobblestones boldly attacked at the head of the peloton to remind his rivals that he is not afraid of anything or anyone. Her gaze will now turn calmly to the first peak of La Planche des Belles-Filles, this Friday.

The Tour has turned the page on the first part of the race described as complicated by all players. Braking, without falling during 2e the stage, the headline that had hit a barrier left only a little varnish and a few scratches on the episode. Others have come out wet from a nightmare day spent on an uncomfortable carpet of dust and have already seen some of their illusions take off …

Classification of the 5e stage (Lille-Arenberg; 153.7 km):

1. Simon Clarke (Aus / ISR) the 157 km in 3 h 13’35 ”;

2. van der Hoorn (PB / INT), same time;

3. Boasson Hagen (Nor / TOT) at 2 ”;

4. Impotent (EU / EF1) at 4 ”;

5. Cort Nielsen (Dan / EF1) at 30 ”;

6. Stuyven (Bel / TRE) at 51 ”;

7.Pogacar (Slo / UAE), same time; …

General classification:

1. Wout van Aert (Bel / Jumbo) 16:17:22;

2. Powless (EU / EF1) at 13 ”;

3. Boasson Hagen (Nor / TOT) at 14 ”;

4. Pogacar (Slo / UAE) at 19 ”;

5. Lampaert (Bel / DEC) at 25 ”;…

6e stage, this Thursday: Binche-Longwy (219.9 km).

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