It’s not all the time simple for a rider to exist on this Tour de France 2023, because the showdown between the yellow jersey, Jonas Vingegaard, and his runner-up, Tadej Pogacar captivates spectators and specialists alike. Wout Poels can attest to this. On Sunday July 16, the Dutchman from Bahrain-Victorious crossed the end line of the 15e stage, alone, in an nearly normal indifference. For good purpose: on the similar time, the Dane from Jumbo-Visma and the Slovenian from UAE Emirates had been nonetheless within the final climb of the day resulting in Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc (Haute-Savoie), the climb of Bettex (7 kilometers at 7.7%, 1D class).
This Sunday marked the second day of the peloton within the Alps, the fourth arrival on the high of this 2023 classic too. In brief, a wonderful alternative for one of many two robust males of the occasion to widen the hole within the normal standings earlier than blowing, Monday, through the day of relaxation. Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar can have lastly spent all the 179 kilometers of the course to gauge themselves. And if the second did attempt to assault, one kilometer from Saint-Gervais, they accomplished this stage facet by facet, 6 min 04 after the winner of the day. The Dane stays in yellow; the Slovenian remains to be ten seconds behind his rival.
“It’s a draw, nobody has managed to make up time”summarizes the chief of the Jumbo-Visma. “I’d have appreciated to create a spot with Vingegaard, that’s for certain, however in any such state of affairs, with a rider as robust as him, I’m completely happy to be solely ten seconds behind. That manner, I will be extra offensive, reasonably than passive.argues, for his half, Pogacar.
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Having simply arrived on Sunday, the events and their groups already had their eyes mounted on what was to return: within the first place, the one particular person time trial of this Tour de France, on Tuesday. “Within the time trial, I believe there can be gaps. After which there may be the subsequent stage, with one of many hardest climbs on the earth [le col de la Loze, 28,1 km à 6 %, hors catégorie]. There, it will likely be decisive… There’s additionally the 20e stage [qui se conclut au Markstein, dans le Haut-Rhin], who could make the distinction”insists the Slovenian.
“If you’re a baby, you dream about it after which it’s performed”
Not like Pogacar, Sunday night, Wout Poels was decided to savor the second. At 35, the Dutchman, winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2016, provided his first success in a three-week race. “It’s unimaginable, it’s my tenth Tour de France. If you’re a baby, you dream about it, after which it’s performed, I don’t imagine it! », he exults. The rider from Bahrain-Victorious managed to drop Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on the foot of the Amerands coast (2.7 km at 10.9%, 2e class), about ten kilometers from the end.
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