Pogacar takes time back on competition, Dumoulin drops out of top ten ranking

The first Pyrenean stage of the Tour de France slightly shook the top of the classification. Adam Yates kept the yellow leader’s jersey, Tom Dumoulin dropped out of the top ten.

Dumoulin couldn’t keep up when Tadej Pogacar attacked on the Col de Peyresourde, the third and final climb of the day. On Friday evening the rider from Jumbo-Visma already indicated in the evening stage that Primoz Roglic is the most important asset of the team at the moment and he underlined that on Saturday by leading Roglic on the decisive climb.

When Pogacar handed out the first tick, only Roglic and Nairo Quintana were able to follow immediately. Egan Bernal and Adam Yates, Guillaume Martin, Bauke Mollema and Miguel Ángel López, among others, rejoined shortly afterwards.

Dumoulin fifteenth

Dumoulin could not come back and lost more than two minutes on the line. The Limburg rider dropped from fifth to fifteenth place in the general classification. His gap to Yates is 2.20. Mollema is fourteenth at 2.12.

A second gear from Pogacar on the final climb to shake off his remaining rivals initially yielded nothing, but a third did. Friday the Trek rider lost one minute and twenty seconds by not paying attention when fans pulled the peloton apart, now he was attentive.

At the finish in Loudenvielle Pogacar took forty seconds back on the other favourites for the final victory. The Slovenian climbed from sixteenth to ninth, 48 seconds behind Yates.

The stage win went to 26-year-old Frenchman Nans Peters, who was part of a large leading group that had fallen apart on the climbs.

Peters, winner of a stage in the Giro last year, crossed the finish line solo. The Let Toms Skujins finished second at 47 seconds.

For Thibaut Pinot, the French hope for a Tour winner from his own country, the first Pyrenean stage was dramatic. On the Port de Balès, a climb of the outdoor category, Pinot suddenly had to drop out of the peloton without any clear cause.

In no time at all, surrounded by several teammates, he was minutes behind. That immediately meant a line through a good classification, while he started the day as seventh in the general classification.

With thirteen riders the largest leading group of this edition of the Tour formed after the start in Cazères. None of them posed a real threat to the general classification riders, causing the difference to increase to almost fifteen minutes.

The biggest names in the group were Ilnoer Zakarin, Søren Kragh Andersen and the wearer of the ball jersey, Benoît Cosnefroy. The Frenchman succeeded in his intention to make the sweater a bit firmer to get the shoulders by being first on the Col de Menté (first category).

Nizzolo from the Tour

On that climb Romain Bardet, seventh in the general classification, crashed after which he returned with a bloody elbow and sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo parked his bike in the verge. The European champion had to leave the Tour due to knee problems.

Peters only over

On the Port de Balès the leading group fell apart. Jérôme Cousin took the lead for a while, but fell back. The Russian Zakarin and the Frenchman Nans Peters were left together. In the descent Zakarin couldn’t keep up with his fellow attacker.

Peters started on his own on the Col de Peyresourde and came up half a minute ahead of Zakarin and was not caught on the descent. Pogacar crossed the line as first of the favourites six minutes later.