Behind the Australian Simon Clarke, winner this Wednesday the 5the stage of the Tour between Lille and Arenberg, the Slovene walked on the cobblestones. His compatriot Roglic lost a few precious seconds.
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Simon Clarke’s Day of Dreams
The experienced Simon Clarke (Israel Premier Tech) escaped the first moments of the 5the stage a, on the wire won the stage, ahead of Dutchman Taco Van der Hoorn. He signs, at the age of 35, the best of his career at the end of a totally crazy day and offers his team his first victory in the Tour.
Strategist Tadej Pogacar
The Slovenian was expected. He flew over the cobblestone test, always passing the rugged strategic stretches in front of his group. After the show of strength of the Jumbo-Visma group in Calais, he adequately clarified the record. With authority. Easily. 4e in the general classification he is 19 ” from the yellow jersey Wout Van Aert.
Magnus Cort Nielsen, the indefatigable
The Dane of the EF Education team slipped back into the breakaway (match on Wednesday from 2 p.m.e kilometers). Three, then six: Dutchman Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert), Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen (TotalEnergies), Australian Simon Clarke (Israel Premier Tech), American Neilson Powless (EF Education-Easypost) ) and Frenchman Alexis Gougeard (B&B). KTM) who did 3’25 ” with 55 km to the end. Fleeing four times since leaving Copenhagen, he joined the unsustainable Thomas de Gendt (in 2017) in the Tour archives. In the shot for the stage victory, he was reached in the final, before finishing 5the at 30 ”.
David Gaudu in the spotlight
Some have lost a lot, others have managed to withdraw from the match, David Gaudu, leader of the Groupama-FDJ team, well accompanied by Stefan Küng, has come out unscathed from the cobblestone test. He finished with Van Aert (1’4 ” from the winner of the day). The Breton, well supervised, knew how to evolve to cross the eleven sectors of cobblestones and breathe.
The black day of Jumbo-Visma
36 km from the finish, Dane Jonas Vingegaard, the victim of a mechanical incident, was at the heart of a fun episode. Video gag. He subsequently borrowed the bicycles of two team members (Kruijswijk, Benoot), before taking the thread from the blow stage. Bicycles that were not next to him and on which he went too high to attack the last cobbled sections. Spinning, during the 4the On the arrival of the stage on Tuesday in Calais, the Dutch team was very shaken on the cobblestones. Falling 28 km from the finish, Primoz Roglic was also affected, delayed. The Jumbo-Visma formation had added points and encouragement, grabbed the punches and went out on the ropes after a nightmare day during which he let out precious seconds. Vingegaard (13 ” from Pogacar) is better than Roglic (2’8 ” from the double winner of the Tour). A small consolation for the Dutch team, Wout van Aert retains his yellow shirt (13 ” ahead of the American Neilson Powless).
Ben O’Connor’s misfortunes
The Australian (AG2R-Citroën) was one of the first leaders affected (in 3e paved area). A technical problem and the Australian, penalized by the (penultimate) position of his car, saw a few precious seconds pass.
Van der Poel, the lost encounter
In 2021 it had illuminated the first week of the Tour (1 stage victory and 6 days of yellow, before heading to the Tokyo Olympics). This year, discreet in Denmark, then during the 4th stage arriving in Calais, days spent in the service of the sprinter of his team Alpecin-Deceuninck, the Dutchman had planned to finally play his card. The 5e the step was in his goal. Dissatisfied, victims of mechanical accidents, Raymond Poulidor’s grandson was lost.