A lot more on Phase seventeen …
“Both Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar who occupy the to start with two places of the over-all classification spoke about stage seventeen as the queen stage of this year’s Tour de France,” report the Tour organisers.
“They’ve recced the unprecedented uphill to Col de la Loze. Following the lockdown period, the Jumbo-Visma team designed Tignes their permanent coaching camp, so it wasn’t considerably for Roglic to go to col de la Loze many times. It is a fairly new street. It is essentially a ski slope that has been not long ago asphalted for mountain bikes to go from Méribel to Courchevel and vice versa.
“One year ago, youthful Australian Alexander Evans, now driving for Circus-Wanty Gobert, received stage 8 of the Tour de l’Avenir from Brides-les-Bains to Méribel/Col de la Loze. It is particularly steep!
“The very last 5 kilometres promise a intense fight among Roglic and Pogacar. Phase hunters will have the gruelling climb to col de la Madeleine to make a difference before “the ridiculous tricky finale”, as Roglic explained it yesterday immediately after stage sixteen.”
Egan Bernal withdraws from the Tour
The big news from France currently is that reigning champion and Team Ineos Grenadiers rider Egan Bernal has deserted the Tour. The 23-year-outdated Colombian experienced been in rivalry till dropping around 7 minutes on Sunday’s stage to the Grand Colombier and missing more time immediately after ending effectively down the discipline yesterday.
He experienced appeared in superior spirits, however, at a person issue asking a team-mate who was on a fetch-and-carry mission to the team auto for drinks to convey him back again a mojito.
Bernal experienced voiced his intention to make it to Paris “out of respect for the race”, but his team introduced this early morning he would be using no even more aspect.
“We have taken this final decision with Egan’s best interests at coronary heart,” reported his sporting director, David Brailsford. “Egan is a real champion who enjoys to race, but he is also a youthful rider, with a lot of Tours ahead of him and at this issue, on harmony, we feel it is wiser for him to quit racing.”
Bernal, who started the race with a back again harm that forced him to withdraw from the Critérium du Dauphiné very last month, experienced performed down the extent of his harm, but yesterday instructed reporters his knee was now influenced.
“This is certainly not how I needed my Tour de France to conclude, but I agree that it is the suitable final decision for me in the conditions,” he reported. “I have the biggest respect for this race and I am presently hunting forward to coming back again in the decades ahead.”
Phase sixteen recap
Lennard Kämna received the stage, Primoz Roglic stayed in yellow and Ineos team boss David Brailsford claimed his final decision to go away Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome out of his Tour de France team was a superior a person.
The prime 10 on Normal Classification
Primoz Roglic stays in the guide but is obtaining it complicated to shake off his youthful Slovenian compatriot Tadej Pogacar.
Phase seventeen: Grenoble to Méribel col de la Loze (168km)
From William Fotheringhamn’s stage by stage guideline: The toughest uphill finish of the race, two,304m above sea degree immediately after 21.5km climbing, with gradients of twenty%. The ultimate pecking order must be all but settled right here. The preliminary form-out will occur on the tremendous-category Col de la Madeleine
. [Narrator’s voice: “Not any more, it does not – to start with Mollema, now Bernal – the curse of Fotheringham strikes for the second consecutive working day.”]
, and the finish has Bernal created all around it
- Today’s roll-out is at eleven.15am (BST)