Julian Alaphilippe has the turbulent sixteenth stage in the Tour de France won. He came after the 218 km first across the finish line in Bagnères-de-Luchon after the final climb and descent to his remaining attackers had shaken off. Along the way, we got a peasant protest with pepper spray, the police and the riders and dived Philippe Gilbert the ravine. The klassementsmannen were vandaaggedeisd: Geraint Thomas may be tomorrow/Wednesday in the yellow jersey at the start of now already legendary, short stage to Col de Portet.
After the rest day got the pack the first of three bergritten by the Pyrenees. The riders started in Carcassonne and ended up, after 218 km of Bagnères-de-Luchon. There were five hills to be overcome: the Côte de Fanjeaux (2.4 km at 4.9 percent, the fourth category), the Côte de Pamiers (2.3 km at 5.8 percent, the fourth category), the Col de Portet-d’aspet (5.4 km at 7.1 percent, second category), the Col de Menté (6.9 km to 8,%, first class) and finally the Col de Portillon, 8.3 km at 7.1% in the first category). To finish we did after a descent of ten miles.
Peasant protest and pepper spray
Among others, Thomas De Gendt had meaning in and tried to get away but no one got a safe-conduct. After 26 km the course was, however, a while neutralised by the Tourdirectie. Local farmers had to protest the straw bales on the road. Several riders have complained then about irritation to the eyes after the tear gas of the police in the peloton ended up…
Hallucinatory images: farmers disrupt the Tour with straw bales on the road, pepper spray from police ends up on the riders
Giving Tim Declercq
After a delay of about a quarter of an hour vlagde Tourbaas Christian Prudhomme, the race around 12u35 again. And immediately we got a barrage of demarrages but no one got away. After two hours of course klokten we finished at an average speed 47.7 km/h…. During insured’s Peter Sagan will be five days for Paris in all of his green sweater!
Five days Tour, but Sagan is already sure of the green jersey
The main victim of that hellish pace was the sick Tim Declercq, who already at the start had a difficult and ultimately was forced to tears.
Tim Declercq is the 29th of contents in the Tour de France
Leading group of 47 with 6 Belgians
After 100 miles got a large group away from the clutches of the peloton. No less than 47 riders went on the attack and among them, six Belgians, with Greg Van Avermaet (the best placed rider in the front), Jasper Stuyven, Philippe Gilbert, Jelle Vanendert, Julien Vermote and Edward Theuns. Notable: The Company had, despite all his aanvalslust this time the boat missed…
Still present in the front were more white jersey Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale), Simon Geschke (Team Sunweb), Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic), Gorka and Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Andrey Amador (Movistar Team), Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team), Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step Floors), Magnus Cort Nielsen and Michael Valgren Andersen (Astana), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data), Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ), Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) and Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert).
The peloton kept the legs still and followed quickly on more than ten minutes of the escapees. The winner seemed to be the front to sit and for the first time in this mad ride was the rest again in the peloton.
Gilbert spectacular ravine in
Just for a moment, however. Even for the foot of the Col de Portet-d’aspet wipte Philippe Gilbert away from the leading group. Behind him were the better climbers like Adam Yates and Amador up the tempo but the experienced operator of Quick Step Floors first came up with it a minute ahead. Behind him grabbed teammate Alaphilippe the other bergpunten. The top however was still at 62.5 km from the finish line and immediately followed by the Col de Menté, the first climb of the first category of the day.
Our fellow countryman, rode a strong Tour, but could this year not a single time win, but clearly had a sentence in “ne grand numéro” and he drew full by in the descent. A little too daring, however, because the ex-world champion estimated a turn is bad in and disappeared over a wall into the ravine. Fortunately, he’s up in the scramble and immediately his path to continue, though he had then clearly recovered from the shock and a bloodied elbow. It earned him already the price of the fighting spirit, though that was undoubtedly not his main goal…
Philippe Gilbert is going to be spectacular back in descent but shows quickly thumb
The price, however, went further: Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team) and Robert Gesink (Team LottoNL – Jumbo) drew on their turn in the attack on Col de Menté. However, it was yet again Alaphilippe who first came, and further resulted in the struggle for the spheres.
At the front remained only the better climbers about and eventually attracted a group of 17 riders to the last climb of the day, the Col du Portillon of the first category. Of the Belgians could only Vanendert his trolley hook, Greg Van Avermaet followed a moment later by the pursuers.
Yates falls, Alaphilippe rushes to second victory
Uphill put the Dane Valgren Andersen as first the fire to the wick, but Robert Gesink soon took over with Domenico Pozzovivo and a little later Bauke Mollema, Adam Yates, Gorka Izagirre and Marc Soler. Vanendert had to let them go.
Yates was clearly the better climber and the small Brit went on three miles of the summit solo. A tough Gesink gave himself, however, not just won and got suddenly also the support of polka dots Alaphilippe. Left his long companion, however, on the spot, and came second above: that klimtrui seems to him like a glove…
In the descent, it was the Frenchman, still looking desperately for the leader and however, despite the fall of his team-mate Gilbert the risks. But he remained intact and it was, however, in Yates that crashed. Alaphilippe did not hesitate and went full by looking to his second stage win in this Tour after he had already the tenth stage on his name wrote. Sanction number and well for the 51st victory of Quick Step Floors!
Jelle Vanendert was still handsome thirteenth, Gilbert pulled out a half-hour after the winner in the end is still safe, and the finish line.
Team Sky authoritarian
In the peloton took Movistar take the reins on the road to the Col du Portillon. At the foot of the climb they were, however, immediately relieved by Team Sky. Fuglsang and Zakarin tried briefly but were equally fast to the order called.
Also Mikel Landa still tried as Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome under pressure to convert, but the white train didn’t flinch. Even more, in the descent provided they are still there for that it broke in the large group. All the favorites reason wheel to wheel cleanly over the finish line, this first Pyreneeënetappe has a mouse born for the classification. Geraint Thomas comes as another day closer to the victory. Five more days until Paris.
And now… a short spektakelrit
After the crazy ride of today is the spectacle. Tomorrow/Wednesday wait, after all, the now infamous spektakelrit of just 65 km, and with arrival uphill.
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) in 5:13:22
2. Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain – Merida) +15”
3. Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
4. Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo)
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain – Merida) +18”
6. Robert Gesink (Team LottoNL – Jumbo) +37”
7. Michael Valgren (Astana Pro Team) +56”
8. Gregor Mühlberger (BORA – hansgrohe)
9. Marc Soler (Movistar Team) +1:10”
10. Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) +1:18”
1. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) in 68:12:01
2. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +1:39”
3. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) +1:50”
4. Portrait Of Primož Roglic (Team LottoNL – Jumbo) +2:38”
5. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) +3:21”
6. Mikel Landa (Movistar Team) +3:42”
7. Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNL – Jumbo) +3:57”
8. Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) +4:23”
9. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) +6:14”
10. Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates) +6:54”