2021 Tour de France S8: climb ! Pogacar taken the yellow jersey with unbeatable strength .

On July 3, the eighth stage of the Tour de France ended. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious) withstood the pressure and successfully climbed to the last level 1 climbing point, and held the lead on the downhill to win the stage championship. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) made a strong output in the climbing stage, defeated all opponents, jumped to the top of the list with a total score, and put on the leader's yellow jersey as he wished.

 

The eighth stage is the first mountain stage of this event, with a total length of 150.8km, including a 4-level slope (2.7km, 4.9%), a 3-level slope (6.5km, 4.4%), and three 1 Grade slope (5.7km, 8.3%; 8.8km, 8.9%; 7.5km, 8.5%) and a sprint point on the way. From the distance point of view, this stage conforms to the general trend of recent years, which is to shorten the mileage of the mountain stage to a certain extent in order to achieve the purpose of increasing the intensity of the competition.

 

From the point of view of the setting of the climbing point, the three grade 1 slopes before the end point can play a strong screening role. However, although this stage is a mountain stage, there is a 14km downhill before the finish line. Therefore, in addition to climbing this stage, this downhill period is also a potential highlight.

 

 

▲Mark Cavendish: Could you teach me how to climb this grade 1 slope :)

 

▲Tadej Pogacar : Your tires are so good bro. 

 

The start of the race was a hill-climbing section. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) and others quickly launched a breakout action after the neutral ride ended. The first wave of offense was quickly ended by the turbulent main group. Soon after, Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers) attacked, Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) led the main group to speed up the pursuit, while Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and Christopher Froome (Israel Start–Up Nation) ), Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) fell behind in the constant pull and was in trouble behind the group.

 

Before the race, Wout Poels threw off Tao Geoghegan Hart and started solo. Several powerful cyclists chased after him. Wout Poels took advantage of the long-distance downhill to temporarily take the lead. But not long after, Wout Poels was overtaken by a small group behind him. 14km after the start of the race, the breakout cyclists were all recovered. At this time, Geraint Thomas, Christopher Froome, Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) Many cyclists have fallen far behind the main group.

 

The offense continued, and a heavy rain added a lot of uncertainty to the game. Wout Van Aert, Matej Mohoric and others organized an offense briefly, but it was soon recovered by the main group, and Primož Roglič fell behind. 30km after the start of the race, Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) attacked and drove away, solo and pulled out a weak lead. Behind him were waves of cyclists who wanted to join the breakout.

 

 

Sonny Colbrelli's offense lasted 3km, the Ineos Grenadiers team led the main group to recover it, and Tadej Pogacar learned the lessons of the previous stage and firmly bite behind the Ineos Grenadiers team in a very safe position. The Bahrain Victorious team performed positively. Matej Mohoric attacked again on the downhill section. The BikeExchange team leader recovered him. Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar) in the main group crashed. Fortunately, he quickly returned to the car to continue the race.

 

At the sprint point on the way, Michael Matthews (BikeExchange) initiated the sprint with the help of his teammates. Sonny Colbrelli followed behind Michael Matthews and won the sprint point on the way with stronger strength. The main group continued to reduce its staff due to the high-speed pull, and several small groups were split on the field. Tadej Pogacar is in a leading group of more than 20 people, including Mathieu van der Poel, Wout Van Aert, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and other cyclists. Form the yellow jersey group, the larger green jersey group behind is more than 5 minutes behind.

 

The Bahrain Victorious team fired in turn, and Wout Poels flew solo on a level 3 climb, leading the group behind him by himself for more than 20 seconds. The Yellow jersey Group quickly merged with the group of Tadej Pogacar. Primož Roglič was behind the main group by more than 4 minutes, struggling to catch up alone in the rear. In the last 91km, Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo) attacked and brought out Ruben Guerreiro (EF Education-Nippo) and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis). Sonny Colbrelli and Nairo Quintana organized a small chasing group in the rear.

 

Wout Poels successfully passed the level 3 climbing point, Wout Van Aert launched an attack in the last 86km, and Tadej Pogacar quickly followed up. During this period, news came from the front of the stadium that a truck was stuck in a grade 1 climbing section about 48km from the end point and stuck on the track. Fortunately, the truck quickly got out of the trap under the guidance of the staff, and the track in front returned to normal.

 

 

 

Wout Poels took another level 4 climbing point. Behind him are multiple scattered chasing groups, but the court has never been able to organize an effective chasing. With 66km away from the finish line, Wout Poels still held a 30-second lead, and the Yellow jersey Group was behind by 3 minutes and 45 seconds. Before the arrival of the first level 1 climb, Wout Poels gave up the breakout and returned to the chasing group 57km before the finish line. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) gave up his efforts and withdrew from the first group. At this time, there were only 18 cyclists left in front of the race. The yellow jersey group was behind by nearly 4 minutes, and the huge green jersey group was behind by more than 12 minutes.

 

There was a lot of wind and rain on the field, Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Ineos Grenadiers), Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation), Kenny Elissonde, Guillaume Martin, Nairo Quintana, Søren Kragh Andersen, Wout Poels, Simon Yates ( BikeExchange) and other 18 cyclists formed the first group, leading the yellow jersey group by 4 minutes and 45 seconds. They will compete for the first difficult climb in the competition.

 

During the climb, Kenny Elissonde attacked first, Sepp Kuss and Wout Poels followed. Among them, the more experienced Wout Poels used his force before the climbing point, flew solo, grabbed the climbing points and returned to the group. Søren Kragh Andersen and his teammate Tiesj Benoot speeded out in the subsequent downhill section and pulled with the first group. Open the gap. After the downhill, the game will enter the second high difficulty level 1 climb. Afterwards, Søren Kragh Andersen threw off his teammates and started flying solo. Michael Woods attacked when he was 6.7km from the climbing point. Michael Woods quickly caught up and surpassed Søren Kragh Andersen. Behind him were Mattia Cattaneo (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Nairo Quintana and Wout Poels in a cooperative pursuit. Simon Yates also joined the battle soon.

 

 

 

▲The last two grade 1 climbs

 

In the main group, Vincenzo Nibali, Sonny Colbrelli, Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert have fallen behind. Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates) desperately leads the main team, Tadej Pogacar, and the Ineos Grenadiers team is waiting behind them for the opportunity to attack. In the climbing section, Michael Woods was still flying solo. Behind him were Wout Poels, Nairo Quintana, Mattia Cattaneo and Simon Yates in a cooperative pursuit.

 

At this moment, Tadej Pogacar in the main rear group got up and attacked, and only Richard Carapaz shook his car to keep up. Tadej Pogacar obviously didn't want Richard Carapaz to take advantage of him, and accelerated again, quickly widening the gap, alone surpassing several cyclists behind. Soon after, Michael Woods passed the second level 1 climbing point with an advantage of more than 1 minute, while Tadej Pogacar was 3 minutes and 40 seconds behind Michael Woods and 1 minute and 10 seconds ahead of Richard Carapaz. The performance was quite amazing.

 

▲ Primož Roglič completely lost the overall score competitiveness

 

▲Many cyclists joined the green jersey tour group today

 

With 20km away from the finish line, Michael Woods came to the last level 1 climb, with only Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious) left behind him. The chasing group fell apart and Tadej Pogacar was 2 minutes and 55 seconds behind Michael Woods. At 3.3km from the climbing point, Dylan Teuns caught up with Michael Woods, and the two began to work together against the aggressive Tadej Pogacar.

 

Tadej Pogacar hung the market and used a larger flywheel to speed up more than 10% of the climb, overtaking all the way, and the time gap was narrowing. Less than 1km away from the climbing point, Dylan Teuns threw off Michael Woods and launched his final fight. Tadej Pogacar caught up and passed Michael Woods 14.7km from the end point. At this time, only Dylan Teuns was left in front of him. Dylan Teuns passed the last level 1 climb with a slight advantage, and at the same time received an 8-second minus bonus. Tadej Pogacar passed second and grabbed a 5-second minus. In the last 10km, Dylan Teuns was 20 seconds ahead of Tadej Pogacar on the downhill section.

 

Dylan Teuns went downhill madly and his lead rose to more than 30 seconds. Tadej Pogacar adopted a relatively stable downhill strategy after he abused his opponents. Michael Woods and Ion Izagirre Insausti (Movistar) overtook him. The cyclists moved fast on the wet and slippery downhill in the rain.

 

 

▲Dylan Teuns

 

 

▲Tadej Pogacar

 

▲Michael Woods

 

▲Ion Izagirre Insausti

 

So far, there is no suspense in the race. Dylan Teuns entered the final 1km with a 40-second advantage. Before the solo flight came to the finish line, he enjoyed the enthusiastic cheers of the fans and won his own stage championship. He is also the Bahrain Victorious team. Two consecutive victories. Tadej Pogacar and others arrived later, Ion Izagirre Insausti launched a sprint to win second, Michael Woods third, Tadej Pogacar did not participate in the small group sprint, 49 seconds behind Dylan Teuns and finished the stage fourth. The green jersey group finished the race a few minutes before closing, and Primož Roglič, who was behind the group, looked very disappointed.

 

After the end of the stage, Tadej Pogacar topped the overall results list by absolute advantage, leading Wout Van Aert by 1 minute and 48 seconds in the yellow jersey, while retaining the best young cyclist white jersey. Mark Cavendish continued to wear a sprint green jersey, Wout Poels took over the climbing polka dot jersey from his teammates and won the stage Combativity award.


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