LIVE - Tour de France (7th stage): five men at the front, Pogacar's teammates control

LIVE – Tour de France (7th stage): five men at the front, Pogacar’s teammates control

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12 miles – Marc Hirschi and Mikkel Bjerg apart

Teammates of Tadej Pogacar, Marc Hirschi and Mikkel Bjerg are left behind by the peloton. Less reinforcements for the Slovenian as he approaches the Super Planche des Belles Filles. The pace picked up in the peloton which came back to within 1’50 of the seven leading men.

25 km – The head of the race at 20 terminals from the foot of the Super Planche des Belles Filles

7 kilometers from the line, the riders will put their wheels on the ramps of the Super Planche des Belles Filles. A known ascent of the Tour de France after its first passage in 2012. As in 2019, it is the “Super” version of the Planche des Belles Filles that awaits the riders. The difference between the Planche des Belles Filles and the version taken today lies in the last unpaved kilometer with 24% gradients.

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40 km – 2’45 lead for Kämna and company at the top of the Col des Croix

The seven leading men finished the ascent of the Col des Croix (3rd category) 2’45 ahead of the pack. It was Simon Geschke who took the two points, bringing his total to four points.

43 km – Jonas Vingegaard is wary of the Super Planche des Belles Filles

“It’s not the climb that suits me best. I hope to be better than yesterday and to be with the best at the top,” tempered the new leader of Jumbo-Visma at the microphone of Eurosport.

50 km – It’s back for Durbridge and Erviti

The duo imposed a huge effort on themselves to get back on the front five. They are therefore now seven to animate the race while the UAE continues to impose their rhythm in the peloton.

55 km – The breakaway close to a 3′ lead

Still made up of Kämna, Schachmann, Durbridge, Teuns and Geschke, the leading group regained some ground on the peloton to reach a 3′ lead. Behind, Cyril Barthe and Imanol Erviti are still on the hunt but should be able to join the leading group.

69 km – They are five in front

The junction was made at the head of the race. Dylan Teuns and Simon Geschke returned to Kämna, Schachmann and Durbridge. Geschke is responsible for taking the two points at the top of the Col de la Grosse Pierre.

70 km – Ciccone distanced, Teuns against

Diverse fortunes for the heroes of the Super Planche des Belles Filles 2019 since Giulio Ciccone is left behind from the first percentages of the col de la Grosse Pierre while Dylan Teuns went against. Less surprising than Ciccone, Pedersen also pulled over after securing the essentials by taking the points for the green jersey. With these successive accelerations, the gap rose to 2’30.

71 km – The Bora pack their bags

Tired of not setting sail, Max Schachmann and Lennard Kämna, the two Bora riders are trying to set sail. Luke Durbirdge follows in the wake of the two Germans as the riders begin the Col de la Grosse Pierre.

75 km – Mads Pedersen takes the points in Gérardmer

Mads Pedersen leads the intermediate sprint in Gérardmer. On the peloton side, Wout van Aert settles the sprint and collects 5 points. Christophe Laporte and Fabio Jakobsen share the crumbs.

79 km – Pogacar’s teammates keep the breakaway in sight

Once back to within 2′ of the ten leading men, the UAE slowed down to keep the breakaway within gunshot range. The intermediate sprint of Gérardmer is looming for the fugitives.

91km – July 8, 2012, first victory for Thibaut Pinot on the Tour

On July 8, 2012, Thibaut Pinot, the youngest of the Tour de France, raised his arms in Porrentuy for his first victory on the Grande Boucle. A solo number after which he was ahead of Cadel Evans and Tony Gallopin on the line.

Ten years later, in this Saint Thibaut, Pinot could mark the Tour once again on the slopes of the Super Planche des Belles Filles, a few kilometers from his home.

94 km – The road is elevated

Pogacar’s teammate, Vegard Stake Laengen is getting up again given the attitude of his team. The UAE are determined not to let the breakaway go and the Norwegian will fall into line with his leader. They are only ten in front.

104 km – The UAE do not seem determined to let the breakaway go

While the eleven men who started at the front seemed well on their way to leading the race, Tadej Pogacar’s UAE started to roll at the head of the peloton and the gap is gradually falling. The gap between the two groups is 2’16.

112 km – Teuns and Ciccone to repeat the coup of 2019?

Dylan Teuns and Guilio Ciccone slipped into the breakaway, everything they had done like in 2019. That year, the Tour discovered the Super Planche des Belles Filles. The two runners had played for the win at the top of the Vosges mountain. Teuns had snatched the stage victory while Guilio Ciccone consoled himself by dispossessing Julian Alaphilippe of the yellow jersey. Currently 136th more than 20′ from Pogacar, Ciccone will not be able to repeat the feat while Teuns is only 3′ away and can dream of a yellow jersey.

117 km – Update on the race situation

Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE), Lennard Kämna (BOH), Max Schchmann (BOH), Kasper Asgreen (QST), Imanol Erviti (MOV), Simon Geschke (COF), Dylan Teuns (BAH), Mads Pedersen (TFS), Giulio Ciccone (TFS), Luke Durbridge (BEX), Cyril Barthe (BBK) are the eleven riders making up what is today’s breakaway. Behind, the peloton draws the curtain and takes a break to satisfy a natural need. The eleven riders are approaching a 2′ lead.

119 km – Mathieu van der Poel already at the back

While the peloton was not thrilled, Mathieu van der Poel was still unhooked and found himself in the cars. Before the start of the stage, the Dutchman was already talking about the possibility of dismounting and returning home.

125 km – They are now 11 at the front

Geschke was joined by Laengen, Kämna, Schachmann, Asgreen, Erviti, Teuns, Pedersen, Ciccone, Durbridge and Barthe. This group at the front is 45 seconds ahead of the peloton, which has slowed the pace.

Behind these 11 men, Michael Woods and Magnus Cort Nielsen went in pursuit.

128 km – Ganna lets go

The Italian, who finally got up, only covered a few kilometers with Simon Geschke. The German is fifteen seconds ahead of the peloton, 200 meters behind him.

131 km – Ganna joins Geschke

Filippo Ganna, the world time trial champion, also broke away from the peloton. He is, without much surprise, managed to make the connection with Simon Geschke. Both men are more than 15 seconds ahead of the peloton, which continues to ride hard.

135km – Geschke alone in the lead

Simon Geschke, the German rider from Cofidis, finds himself alone in the lead. Inevitably, it should raise behind. 10 seconds ahead for the leading man.

140km – Still no breakaway

The situation has been the same for several kilometres, many attacks but nothing ever comes of it. Thibaut Pinot is still in the top positions of the peloton.

147km – Attack of the Bora

Nils Politt launches Maximilian Schachmann up front, it comes back with Peter Sagan in particular! A small group forms.

155km – No escape

More than 20 kilometers of racing and no breakaway at this time, it should still be a good fight before seeing a group form.

Van der Poel maintains he could give up

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin) again mentioned a possible abandonment before taking the start of the seventh stage of the Tour de France this Friday. Out of form, the Dutch rider explains that “there is no point” in continuing if his condition does not improve.

163km – Thibaut Pinot in the first positions

No blow manages to come out and Thibaut Pinot is in the first positions of the peloton, certainly on the lookout to take the breakaway even if his manager Marc Madiot has announced that he will be in support of David Gaudu.

169km – UAE Emirates has a series of problems

Marc Soler and George Bennett also go to the car of their UAE Emirates team, after Tadej Pogacar. It’s quite rare to see so many runners join the line of cars at the same time, at the start of the day.

171km – The battle continues

For the moment, no one manages to realize the difference. Mikkel Honoré has a few meters in advance but it will inevitably stand out.

Actual departure

Let’s go for 176 kilometers with an attack from the start of a rider from the AG2R-Citroën formation. Many runners carry themselves to the front.

Pogacar stops again in the fictional

Tadej Pogacar stops once again to solve his mechanical problem. He leaves again, the actual departure will be a little delayed.

Fictitious start, Pogacar has a problem

It’s off to the fictitious start, with a mechanical problem for Tadej Pogacar, who stops. We will certainly have to wait for the yellow jersey.

Vincent Lavenu imagines Pogacar capable of dropping his yellow jersey on the Planche des Belles Filles

Badly embarked after the cobblestone stage, AG2R and Vincent Lavenu continue to hope for a good general classification in this Tour de France despite the fall and loss of time by Ben O’Connor. The manager of the French team even imagines seeing a breakaway go to the end on the Super Planche des Belles Filles and why not see Pogacar leave his yellow tunic.

Short of form, Mathieu van der Poel considers giving up

Non-existent since the start of the Tour de France, Mathieu van der Poel has been struggling since the start of the event. Dropped from the first accelerations of the peloton this Thursday in Binche, the Dutchman does not take pleasure and plans to leave the race earlier than expected.

“Suspicion often comes from France,” says the boss of Jumbo-Visma

In an interview this Friday with the Team, Merijn Zeeman, the sports manager of Jumbo-Visma returned to the doping accusations linked to his team. For him, the “French are looking for excuses” because they do not have the same requirement.

Mathieu van der Poel talks about a possible abandonment

Dropped among the front of the peloton during the sixth stage, Mathieu van der Poel is out of form on this Tour de France. The Dutchman is now seriously considering giving up.

On the lands of Thibaut Pinot

Discreet since the start of the Tour de France, Thibaut Pinot knows he is eagerly awaited this Friday for the seventh stage which will end on his training roads, on the side of the Super Planche des Belles Filles. The atmosphere promises to be grandiose.

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Welcome to follow this seventh leg live with commentary. The runners will have to cover 176 kilometers between Tomblaine and the Super Planche des Belles-Filles, which will be the first summit finish of this edition. Tadej Pogacar, who took the yellow jersey this Thursday thanks to his stage success in Longwy, has the opportunity to strike a blow.

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