Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar have struck a new blow in the Tour de France. Both Slovenes already made the best impression in the Pyrenees and even in a tough mountain stage through the Massif Central the competition could not follow them.
Reigning Tour winner Egan Bernal was number two in the general classification prior to the stage. On the final climb, the first category Pas de Peyrol, he lost 38 seconds on Roglic and Pogacar, who climbed to second place.
French from the top ten
On the climb before that, the Col de Neronne (second category), the French numbers three and four of the general classification already had to let go the favourites group. Guillaume Martin and Romain Bardet went down in the run-up to the final, lost the connection with the Roglic group uphill and dropped out of the top ten in the general classification.
Tom Dumoulin rode on the Neronne and the Pas de Peyrol in the service of Roglic at the head of the group with classification riders. He simply brought back Richard Carapaz, Bernal’s helper, after a cautious attack.
On the line Dumoulin lost 1.10 on Roglic and Pogacar. The Limburger is thirteenth in the general classification at 4.32 of Roglic.
Bauke Mollema, after twelve stages the best Dutchman in the general classification, had to leave the Tour due to the consequences of a crash. According to French television he broke his wrist.
Nice stage victory for Martínez
After a good man-to-man battle on the steepest part of the Pas de Peyrol, Colombian Daniel Felipe Martínez took the stage win.
He trumped the German Lennard Kämna in a gruelling finale in which they did not give each other a millimetre’s space until the last few hundred metres. Both rode a large front group of seventeen riders for a large part of the stage, which fell apart in the final.
In the finals Maximilian Schachmann initially made the strongest impression. That he was at the start of the Tour in Nice a fortnight ago was already a small miracle. In mid-August Schachmann broke his collarbone in the Tour of Lombardy when suddenly a car appeared on the track and cut him off.
About 35 kilometres before the finish Schachmann went after Neilson Powless, who had already marched out of the big leading group. Schachmann left the American behind him in the run-up to the Col de Neronne.
On the final climb, especially at the end of very steep kilometres, Martínez (EF-Education First) and Schachmann’s teammate Kämna closed the gap to the leader in his wheel. There were three of them one and a half kilometres below the top. In the final kilometre Schachmann couldn’t keep up and Martínez was stronger than the two Bora riders.