Pogacar the insatiable, Pinot the lost appointment … Our peaks and flops of the 7th stage

Breathless, the yellow jersey won the spectacular 7e stage between Tombelaine and the Super Planche des belles Filles, this Friday.

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OUR TOPS

Tadej Pogacar the insatiable

Winner in the sprint at Longwy (6e stage), this Thursday, Tadej Pogacar added a layer of winning in extremis at the top of La Planche des belles Filles, this Friday. Once over the line, the Slovene was able to turn around and enjoy the spirits of an ecstatic crowd. Pogacar only leaves crumbs to rivals who lack neither desire nor ambition but who must recognize the superiority of a bright yellow jersey. Tadel Pogacar won his 8the stage of the Tour de France (3 in 2020, 3 in 2021, and 2 in 2022).

The pride of Jumbo-Visma

Checked on the cobblestones, surpassed in Longwy, the Jumbo-Visma team hasn’t buried all the ambition. He proved it and will continue, will continue to attack Tadej Pogacar. Jonas Vingegaard separated on the stony slope of the Super Planche des Belles Filles. Only Pogacar was able, on the wire, to deprive him of stage victory. Primoz Roglic (3)e of the stage) completed the great day of the Dutch team. Vingegaard is 35 ” from Pogacar in the general classification.

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In the shadow of Tadej Pogacar, his team crystallizes the questions. Will it be up to par? Will he be equipped enough to hold the reins of the race, to take on the responsibilities? Quickly exposed, will it manage to last? The answers will wait but the yellow jersey team has shown, this Friday during the first arrival at the top, the will to rise to the level of the ambition of its leader. The most stressed runners walked away cautiously in the final. Brandon McNulty and Rafal Maljka securing the time in the last 5 kilometers, leaving Pogacar to fend for himself in the last 800 meters …

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Kämna and Bora-Hansgrohe in front

With his teammate Lennard Kämna, the double winner of the Paris-Nice (2020 and 2021) was working all day on the breakaway consisting of 8 drivers: Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Simon Geschke (Cofidis), Luke Durbridge Team BikeExchange). ), Cyril Barthe (B&B Hotels-KTM) and Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious) with 2’54 ” 55 km from the finish. Determined to play until the last minute for their chance to win the stage. Schachmann threw Kämna at the foot of the board. Kämna leaving alone 5 km from the finish. Before Pogacar accelerated …

Gaudu, Bardet in the game

The Breton (Groupama-FDJ) and the Auvergne (DSM) have finished, as in the cobblestones or in Longwy, in the group of favorites. Well in place. David Gaudu (6e at 19 ”) and Romain Bardet (8e at 21 ”) passed the first tests with grade. The French duo is well established in the Top 10 (Gaudu 5e 1’31 ” of the yellow shirt; Barbet 6e at 1’32 ”).

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OUR FLOPS

Thibaut Pinot, chills, not legs

The Franc-Comtois was in his garden. His Groupama-FDJ team maneuvered well, Stefan Küng taking the lead 11 km from the finish, but on Saint Thibaut’s day, exactly ten years after his first victory in the Tour de France in Porrentruy, Thibaut Pinot, ” guardian angel “by David Gaudu. whoever dreams of a stage victory in this Tour has not been able to take advantage of the first opportunity (31e at 2’26 ”).

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Aleksandr Vlasov and Bora-Hangsroghe behind

The Bora-Hangsgrohe team followed, in the final, the soloist of Lennard Kämna and the difficulties of the leader Aleksandr Vlasov. Weakened by a fall, the Russian had a delicate end to the stage. He could not accompany the group of leaders (26e at 1’39 ”) and saw his position as an outsider weaken.

Ben O’Connor delayed

Left behind by a mechanical incident on the cobblestone stage, Ben O’Connor (AG2R-Citroën) has had another tricky day. The Australian (4)e of the Tour 2021) distanced itself from the first cords of La Planche des belles Filles. 57elost 6’45 ”.

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