Completely upside down the general classification did not go, Saturday in the first of two Pyrenean stages. Adam Yates kept the yellow and Primoz Roglic remained number two. But Roglic’s teammate Tom Dumoulin got away, dropped from fifth place to fifteen and doesn’t see himself winning the Tour de France anymore.
Dumoulin will therefore also serve his leader in the second and final stage over the Pyrenees, a 153 kilometer stage between Pau and Laruns. A leader who by now knows what it’s like to win stages in the Tour. In 2018 Roglic was the first to cross the line in Laruns after a magnificent descent.
“We have started to try to win the Tour. Primoz still has very good tickets and that’s what we’re going for”, Dumoulin recorded on Saturday evening through the channels of Jumbo-Visma.
To reach that goal, five climbs have to be survived today. One of the fourth, two of the third and two of the first category.
The last climb, the Col de Marie Blanque is only 7.7 kilometers long, but has an average gradient of 8.6.
After the top it’s a ten kilometer long descent, after which the last eight kilometers are as good as flat. The road climbs very slightly, but compared to the real cols it’s child’s play.
Herman van der Zandt tells the story of a young attacker on the Col de Marie Blanque in 1989: Miguel Indurain.
The finish of the stage is expected a bit earlier than the last few days, between 16.15 and 16.45 hrs.