Covid-19, Franco-French controversy and collection of stuffed animals

Covid-19, Franco-French controversy and collection of stuffed animals

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Today’s stage: Morzine les Portes du Soleil-Megève (148.1 kilometres)

We can expect action within the peloton the day after the second day of rest of this Tour de France. The runners will benefit from a 148.1 kilometer route through Haute-Savoie, which should offer “three hours and forty-five hours of cycling at a brisk pace; we will exceed 40 kilometers per hour on average”bet Victor Lafay (Cofidis), interviewed by Bike Magazine in his pre-Tour number. The organization deliberately chose to “a little less hard than in 2016, when a stage took the opposite route”believes former professional Yannick Talabardon (in the peloton from 2002 to 2013), who is betting on the victory of a puncher.

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Four climbs are however on the program, but only one catches the eye. A time on the shores of Lake Geneva, the runners will take two passes of 4e category: the Chevenoz coast (2.2 km at 2.9%), and that of Châtillon-sur-Cluses (4.5 km at 3.9%), and will climb, in the meantime, the Col de Jambaz (6.7 km at 3.8%), classified 3e category. The stage victory will rather be disputed at the top of the climb to the Megève altiport (19.2 km at 4.1%), justice of the peace expected from this 10e stage.

The predictions

THE REASON

And why not double it for Lennard Kvne ? The German climber from Bora-Hansgrohe, solo winner of the 4e stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2020, whose arrival was disputed at the top of the climb to the altiport of Megève, will find a ground that he appreciates. Caught by the favorites in the last 500 meters of the Belles-Filles super board during the 7e stage, Friday July 8, the 25-year-old rider could try again in a long breakaway. The shape seems to be there.

THE HEART

Little in verve so far on this Tour 2022, the collective of Cofidis would be delighted with a success of the local of the stage, Victor Lafay. Surprise stage winner on the Tour of Italy in 2021, the native of Lyon finds his “roads of youth” as he confided to Bike Magazine before leaving. Specialist in efforts on medium slopes, he will be keen to make his team smile again after Guillaume Martin’s package, tested positive for Covid-19 before the start of the 9e stage.

The declared

“I don’t regret being ethically legit, but it’s clear that when you’re too nice, you get screwed. »

Third runner forced to leave the Tour de France because of the Covid-19, Sunday July 10, Guillaume Martin digests badly not having been able to continue the adventure. “It’s a big artistic blur and that’s where I have it bad. I had stuck with the idea that the protocol had been arranged so that a positive, but asymptomatic runner could continue. I thought I would fit into this box”dropped Monday the leader of Cofidis in an interview with The team. None of the tests taken on Sunday evening by the whole peloton came back positive.

Detour of the Tour

Already bordered by the peloton on its Swiss flank during the 8e and 9e stages, Lake Geneva will this time be seen on the French side. It is impossible to say goodbye to this 72.8 kilometer long jewel, shared between the two countries, without having spoken about it. This ancient lake was formed by the progressive melting of the Rhône glacier, nearly sixteen thousand years ago. Mainly fed by the Rhône, this basin with an area of ​​582 km2 is however affected by the consequences of global warming.

The phenomenon is little known, but has serious consequences. The lack of water circulation, which has become more and more prevalent in recent years, poses a danger of asphyxiation of species in the greatest depths of the lake (between 130 meters and 309 meters). The fault of increasingly mild winters no longer allowing the usual mixing of the waters under the effect of the cold and the wind. In addition to the dreaded disappearance of fish and other living things, “Phosphorus, brought by human activities such as agriculture, is far too present”writing RFIwhich could cause an algae bloom if it comes to the surface. To preserve this natural beauty, there is therefore fire at the lake.

In the retro

On July 10, 1985, the Tour peloton set off from Morzine for an interminable 10e 269 ​​kilometer stage. With seven passes on the way, the menu does not amuse the runners. A non-aggression pact is decided for the first half of the stage. But Joël Pelier has ants in his legs and annoys Bernard Hinault. The yellow jersey fetches the impudent in person. A heated discussion ensued between the two men. Not even impressed, Joël Pelier promises to start again, with or without the permission of the “Badger”. Far from this Franco-French controversy, the Colombian climbers ignite the final climb to Lans-en-Vercors. Fabio Parra is ahead of Lucho Herrera, winner the day before. Joël Pelier will keep his promise. In 1989, he finally won his stage after a long breakaway before hanging up his bike the following year to become… a wood sculptor.

The broom wagon

If any doubt still remained about the identity of the cyclists who marked the first week of the Tour de France, a visit to the team bus parking lot – the famous paddock – is enough to remove any ambiguity. In addition to their more down to earth functions, the coaches of the different formations serve to display the prowess of their riders.

How, you ask? By arranging the advertising gifts distributed by the sponsors of the event in distinctive jerseys during the award ceremonies behind the windscreen.

The soft toys given to the yellow jersey, the green jersey and the combative of the day, were all won by the Belgian Wout van Aert.

In this little game, impossible to compete with the UAE Emirates bus of Tadej Pogacar. Not more besides with that of the Jumbo-Visma, which, thanks to Wout van Aert, already sports the lion offered to the yellow jersey, the lynx Felix given to the green jersey and the Zag bird of the combative of the day.

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