From our special correspondent at Saint Larry Solan,
It’s not that we are particularly chauvinistic, but this Wednesday we would have liked to tell you about the remarkable success of Anthony Pérez in the fog and coolness of Col du Porte, at 2,215 meters above sea level. A Frenchman wins on July 14 for the first time since Warren Bargell in 2017, plus Cofidis, or a member of a team that has failed on the Tour since Sylvain Chavanel in 2008. What a great story…but Tadej Poujacar doesn’t want that.
The director decided that this move suited him. And when he wants something… He fired like a shell, the 22-year-old Slovenian devoured the Toulouse driver 8 kilometers from the finish, with Jonas Weinggaard and Richard Karapaz in his wake. “When they took me, I was like, ‘Damn, they’re driving fast! “Smiles despite everything my fighting day will end with more than 16 minutes.
Tadej Pogačar speeds up and takes over by Anthony Perez
The yellow jersey goes in search of a stage victory # TDF2021
– France Sports TV (francetvsport) July 14, 2021
On the line, there was only the Emirates captain, who took his fifth stage victory in the Big Loop, his second this year and the first with the yellow jersey on the shoulders. Who will be with the Dane and the Ecuadorean except for a heavy blow on the podium on Sunday in Paris? “They were very good, I just ran 50m, and that was enough,” the Boogie chip, which also showered his team with praise, as no one else in the peloton or among the followers does not care about it.
“He’s not afraid to get his teeth out.”
A very good race author, David Godot (4th this Wednesday) can only show loyalty. “The three up front were the strongest, and there’s 1’12’ on the line [1’19” si on veut chipoter]. Do not regret being beaten by the strongest. “As for Pogacar, he showed he was a hell of a yellow jersey and he wasn’t afraid to stick his teeth,” notes the FDJ captain (four riders still in the race).
Guillaume Martin is even more eloquent: “We can see that at the end of a stage like this, Pogacar is untouchable, and loses his best Frenchman overall (9). We had the impression in the second week that he had less stroke. She’s back. He was eager to win the yellow jersey in one of the most beautiful stages of the tour.”
The extremely rare Slovenes found along the 16 km of steep Col du Portet, lost between Basque ikurriña, Breton gwenn-ha-du and Cochonou, may have seen their hero draw a curious smile.
“Sometimes when I hurt, my face shows a smile. But maybe the camera showed the moment I passed by my girlfriend. I felt pure joy. I really enjoyed the race.”
The average 9% of the last climb, past Peyresourde and Val-Louron-Azet, was no better than his sense of humor, which is pretty understandable when he was holding about 5’39` in front of his dolphin (Vingegaard) , four days of the keel. About Dane of the Jumbo-Visma, his elder of nearly two years, Pogacar asserts that he sees him as the “future winner of the Tour”. When he is absent himself…
to infinity and beyond ?
Because right now, the Clanic Cannibals are following in the footsteps of the Quartet with five victories: Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault, and Indurain (as a reminder of Armstrong and his seven successes that never existed). By the way, Woet Poels, with a difference of nine small points in the order of the mountains, can tremble. If the Slovenian player decides, he will sign a second consecutive hat-trick on Sunday: yellow, white and polka dot jerseys. And he seems to have decided, as we will undoubtedly see this Thursday between Pau and Luz-Ardiden.