The Belgian escaped for about 200 kilometers and Pinot fugged in the last section to achieve a 20-second advantage
The first contact with the Central Massif hid traps that meant a martyrdom for the weakest. Narrow roads, with firm irregular and treacherous potholes made a moment of relaxation impossible. In addition, if the road was dotted with seven levels, which added an accumulated height difference of 3,750 meters, own record of high mountain stage, the pulsations were accelerated and the tension is due to the survivors of an unpredictable Tour.
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Change of leader, againJulian Alaphilippeassumed the head of the classification in a day won by the siblingThomas de Gendt, that was escaped during 200 kilometers. A day in whichThibaut Pinot, who took 20 seconds to his direct rivals and presented his candidacy for the Tour general.
Way of Saint Etienne, between closed forests of conpheres, a new chapter of a repeated history was written, with the usual spoiled escape. On this occasion with people with high experience:Thomas de Gendt(Lotto-Soudal),Ben King(Dimension Data),Alessandro de Marchi(CCC Team) andNiki Terpstra(Total Direct Energie). The big group, stretched, did not give more than four minutes of advantage. In the absence of 64 kilometers to the finish, De Gendt, as generous as he was admirable, broke the discipline of the fugitive quartet, his impulse was only answered by De Marchi, a quality couple on a path without rest. "Being a very nervous and very important stage, probably very nice for the fans", aventurNairo Quintanaat the Macon exit.
Asumi commanded the Astana ofFuglsang. Also appeared the Deceuninck of Alaphilippe to recover the yellow jersey on the eve of the French national holiday. On July 14, at the departure of de St.-Etienne carry the most coveted garment. Symbolic image for one of the most meditative cyclists in the round. The new local fraud.
One day without respite, with a vertiginous rhythm, which had its moment before the last climb, in Jaillere, whereGeraint ThomasI suffered one each and Gendt left De Marchi's company. Before the top, Alaphilippe accelerate to get five seconds of bonus at the top of the port. The wake of the French was taken by Pinot. Both, in synchronized relays, put a margin of 20 seconds with respect to the pelotn and left to the fugitive Belgian fighter. In Saint Etienne, where two Spaniards have already won (Julin Gorospe, in 1986 andEduardo Chozas, in 1990), Gendt knew how to take advantage of his income and presented at the finish line with six seconds over the French pair. A minimum advantage enough to decorate your palm. Behind, the pelotn, with Ciccone, who lost the lead jersey for the benefit of Alaphilippe. Party in France, which tomorrow celebrates its great day.
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