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Tour de France: Mohoric wins stage 7, but Roglic expects a crash | Tour de France


Matej Mohoric won the longest stage of the Tour de France, from Vierzon to Le Creusot, escaping from the breakaway group of the day to claim his first Tour stage win as overall race leader Mathieu van der Poel rose his advantage in half a minute.

Mohoric, a victorious Slovenian riding through Bahrain and already winner of a stage of the Vuelta a España and the Giro d’Italia, moved clearly and tackled the last descents and the last climb, of the Côte de la Gourloye, with aplomb, to seal the most prestigious victory of his career.

Unexpectedly, the Alpecin-Fenix ​​yellow jersey Van der Poel sneaked into the decisive 30-rider breakaway to increase its overall lead on the eve of this weekend’s first mountain stages at Le Grand Bornand and Tignes.

“It was not my idea, but a lot of guys were going on the break,” said the Dutch driver. “It was a bit boring at first and all of a sudden it was a big group and we were running all day. I’m very happy to keep the jersey after today. “

About the 249-kilometer marathon course to the east, he said: “It was very tough. I think a lot of guys were already tired even before the climbs started, it was a brutal day. I have not witnessed so much time on the bike, to run so long on a bike and on a Grand Tour. I’ve never seen this. “

For four-time champion Chris Froome, the sudden rise in temperatures, coupled with the Tour’s longest leg in 21 years and his continued recovery from last weekend’s bad crash, made it a day to be forgotten. He finished more than 18 minutes from Mohoric.

Froome of the Israel Start-Up Nation was not alone. Pre-race favorites Geraint Thomas of Ineos Grenadiers and Jumbo-Visma leader Primoz Roglic, still suffering from their previous crashes, also struggled to hold out in the final kilometers.

Mathieu van der Poel finished the day still in yellow.
Mathieu van der Poel finished the day still in yellow. Photograph: Tim de Waele / Getty Images

Thomas, like Roglic, is struggling to recover from injuries sustained in the third stage. “It was a pretty big crash,” said the 2018 Tour winner, “and I think it’s easy to convince me and say, ‘Oh okay, I’m okay, blah, blah, blah,’ but it takes a lot from you, as you can see. with Roglic too.

But I tried. I didn’t want to go full throttle, go 100%, but I tried to keep up. But I am suffering and I hope to start feeling better soon. But maybe not within the next two days. “

The 30 horseman attack proved to be a high quality move, a real escapewhich included Van der Poel, Jumbo-Visma’s Wout van Aert, Trek-Segafredo’s 2014 Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali, Deceuninck Quick-Step’s green jersey wearer Mark Cavendish, former stage winner and former champion of the Vuelta a España Simon Yates from the Team Bike Exchange, as well as other accomplished cyclists.

As the breakaway progressed, there were doubts in the peloton and the responsibility for the pursuit fell on the UAE Emirates team of Tadej Pogacar. The defending champion’s teammates worked through the long, hot afternoon to keep Van der Poel and his teammates at bay, but had little help from the Ineos Grenadiers or Jumbo-Visma teams. With Italian veteran Nibali as the top overall team leader among the attackers, the peloton finally stirred and picked up speed, some 70km from the finish line.

“We expected the UAE to have to travel all day, and they did,” Thomas said. As the chase entered the final 50km and approached a succession of short, steep climbs, the break’s seven-minute lead remained intact as the slopes continued to take their toll on an exhausted peloton.

Three riders, Mohoric, Lotto-Soudal’s Brent Van Moer, and Nibali’s Trek Segafredo teammate Jasper Stuyven eventually parted ways with the breakout, leaving the remnants of the group behind, to attack the toughest climb of the stage, the Signal d’Uchon, where Mohoric made his decisive move.


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