Bitter triumphs over Pogacar in the Peyragudes ramp of the Tour de France

Slovenian rider Tadej Pogacar, of UAE Team Emirates, won this Wednesday the sprint in the seventeenth stage from Tower of Francedisputed between Saint Gaudens and Peyragudes over 130 kilometers, in front of the yellow jersey, the Dane Jonas Vingaard, who did not let go of a meter.

Tadej Pogacar added his third stage victory in this edition -and the ninth in his Tour record-, after the selection made by his teammate, the American Brandon McNulty, third at 32 seconds, in Val Louron and his last rush in the “rampon” of 340 meters at 17% before the aim.

Spaniard Enric Mas (Movistar Team) finished twelfth, at 3:44, on the second day of the Pyrenees there moved up to tenth place overall, at 4:35 p.m. from a Jonas Vingegaard who was the shadow of Pogacar on the eve of the climb to Hautacam, the last ‘bullet’, whatever the clock, to cut the 2:18 -subtracted 4 seconds for the victory- delay of the chief of the ranks of the UAE.

With Marc Soler ill and who lost control during the Pyrenean debut and Rafal Majka injured and who did not start this Wednesday, the Dane Mikkel Bjerg and Brandon McNulty made the UAE selection in the field of favorites in the last two ports of the stage, Val Louron and Peyragudes.

The pace set by Bjerg and McNulty was so unforgiving that only Vingeard and British veteran Geraint Thomas held their pulse to the announced battle in Val Louron, mythical setting of the battles between Miguel Indurain and Claudio ‘El Diablo’ Chiappucci which saved this Tour without ties from those before.

Geraint Thomas.
Geraint Thomas.
Christian Hartman

Thomas also gave in before Pogacar accelerated to within 200m of the Val Louron banner, with Vingaard stapled to his wheel on the banner and the winding descent towards the foothills of Peyragudes, a port that the duo of yellow midshipmen climbed at the wheel of the combative McNulty.

The battle was again postponed to other ports and another time. Pogacar couldn’t let go of a solid Vingaard on the final climb, who only yielded in the last 300-meter ramp, but who came within a meter of the Slovenian to further consolidate his leadership on the way to Paris.

This Thursday is the eighteenth stage, between Lourdes and Hautacam, 143.5 kilometers, with the climb to two special category ports, the Col d’Aubisque and the end of Hautacam, and between the climb to the Col de Spandelles , the last mountainous stage of the heroic pulse between the double champion Pogacar and the challenger Jonas.

Rankings

Stage.

  1. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) 3h25:51.
  2. Jonas Vingeard (Din/Jumbo-Visma) mt
  3. Brandon McNulty (USA/UAE Team Emirates) a 32.
  4. Geraint Thomas (GBR/INEOS Grenadiers) 2:07.
  5. Alexei Lutsenko (Kaz / Astana) 2h34.
  • 12. ENRIC MAS (ESP/Equipe Movistar) 3h44.
  • 16. LUIS LEÓN SÁNCHEZ (ESP/Bahrain Victorious) 6:21.

General

  1. Jonas Vingaard (Din/Jumbo-Visma) 67h53:54.
  2. Tadej Pogacar (Slo / UAE Team Emirates) at 2:18.
  3. Geraint Thomas (GBR/INEOS Grenadiers) 4:56.
  4. Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea Samsic) 7:53.
  5. David Gaudu (Fra/Groupama FDJ) 7:57 a.m.

  • 10. ENRIC MAS (ESP/Movistar Team) 4:35 p.m.
  • 16. LUIS LEÓN SÁNCHEZ (ESP/Bahrain Victorious) 36:58.

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