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Tour de France: the Pogacar strategist, the nightmare of Jumbo-Visma, the Tops and Flops of the 5th stage


Behind the Australian Simon Clarke winner this Wednesday of the 5th stage of the Tour between Lille and Arenberg, the Slovenian walked on the cobblestones. His compatriot Roglic lost precious seconds.

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Simon Clarke's Dream Day

The experienced Simon Clarke (Israel Premier Tech), escaped in the first moments of the 5th stage, narrowly won the stage, ahead of the Dutchman Taco Van der Hoorn.

He signs, at 35, the best of his career at the end of a completely crazy day and offers his formation its first victory on the Tour.

Strategist Tadej Pogacar

The Slovenian was expected.

He flew over the cobblestone test, always passing the strategic bumpy sections ahead of his group.

After the demonstration of force by the Jumbo-Visma group in Calais, he appropriately set the record straight.

With authority.

With ease.

4th in the general classification, he is 19'' from the yellow jersey Wout Van Aert.

Magnus Cort Nielsen, the indefatigable

The Dane from the EF Education team once again slipped into the breakaway (Wednesday's game from the 2nd km).

Three, then six: Dutchman Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert), Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen (TotalEnergies), Australian Simon Clarke (Israel Premier Tech), American Neilson Powless (EF Education-Easypost ) and Frenchman Alexis Gougeard (B&B-KTM) who clocked 3'25'' with 55 km to go.

Escaped four times since leaving Copenhagen, he joined the untenable Thomas de Gendt (in 2017) in the Tour archives.

In the fight for the stage victory, he was taken down in the final, before finishing 5th at 30''.

David Gaudu in the spotlight

Some lost big, others managed to pull out of the game. David Gaudu, the leader of the Groupama-FDJ team, well escorted by Stefan Küng came out of the cobblestone test unscathed.

He finished with Van Aert (1'4'' from the winner of the day).

The Breton, well supervised, knew how to evolve to cross the eleven cobblestone sectors and breathe.


The black day of Jumbo-Visma

36 km from the finish, Dane Jonas Vingegaard, victim of a mechanical incident, was at the heart of a funny episode.

Video gag.

He successively borrowed the bikes of two team members (Kruijswijk, Benoot), before picking up the thread of the chugging stage.

Bikes that were not at his side and on which he was too high to attack the last cobbled sections.

Twirling, during the 4th stage arriving on Tuesday in Calais, the Dutch team was badly shaken on the cobblestones.

Fallen 28 km from the finish, Primoz Roglic was also affected, delayed.

The Jumbo-Visma formation had scored points and the spirits, she took the blows and went out on the ropes after a nightmarish day during which she let precious seconds slip away.

Vingegaard (at 13''

de Pogacar) doing better than Roglic (2'8 '' from the double winner of the Tour).

Small consolation for the Dutch formation, Wout van Aert retains his yellow jersey (13'' ahead of the American Neilson Powless).

Read alsoTour de France: three bikes used in one minute by Vingegaard, wind of panic at Jumbo-Visma

The misfortunes of Ben O'Connor

The Australian (AG2R-Citroën) was one of the first leaders affected (in the 3rd cobblestone sector).

A technical problem and the Australian, penalized by the position (penultimate) of his car, saw precious seconds slip by.

Van der Poel, the missed meeting

In 2021, he had lit up the first week of the Tour (1 stage victory and 6 days spent in yellow, before heading for the Tokyo Olympics).

This year, discreet in Denmark, then during the 4th stage arriving in Calais, days spent in the service of the sprinter of his team Alpecin-Deceuninck, the Dutchman had planned to finally play his card.

The 5th stage was in his goal.

Unhappy, victims of mechanical incidents, Raymond Poulidor's grandson missed out.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2022-07-06

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