Saturday, November 27

Tour de France: Pogacar does not sleep well but makes others sleep


Tadej Pogacar celebrating his triumph on the podium.

Tadej Pogacar celebrating his triumph on the podium.
CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON / EFE

Tadej Pogacar She says she hasn’t gotten a good night’s sleep for days and her arms and legs are sunburned. But, without a doubt, on Sunday night he must have seen the bad weather with a good face when, like the rest of the runners held in their hotel rooms, he was alerted by the tremendous tornado that hit Andorra in a few minutes. The umbrellas of the terraces where half Tour dined flew away and the branches of the trees fell to the ground, eaten by the wind.

And it is that the summer on the Tour has lasted just long enough for Pogacar have to put sunscreen on your limbs and no time to verify that high temperatures distort your body. As if the month of July had passed by, bad weather and rain were announced again for the three consecutive appointments in the Pyrenees with the two arrivals aloft in the Portet and in Luz Ardiden. In fact, there was no finish considered as the final slope from the Brittany Wall (in the second stage) since the summit in Tignes was one kilometer from the finish and the rest of the mountain stages ended on the plain.

What runner is not fatigued?

“I’m tired and I haven’t had a good night’s sleep for a few days, but things are going well for me.” And what rider is not fatigued when there are only six stages left to finish the Tour? Pogacar, possibly, he is the least exhausted of all to the point that with five minutes of income in the general classification it is presumed as a practically impossible challenge to snatch the yellow jersey.

Such is their dominance that the most powerful team on this Tour, which is not the Emirates of Pogacar but the Ineos of Richard CarapazJust look at the podium in Paris. “Pogacar he wastes no time and is doing very well, so our goal is to Carapaz to the podium. When the leader is the strongest in the race, he is five minutes ahead of you so it is best to look for the podium ”. So clearly he summed it up this Monday Richie Porte, third in the 2020 Tour, and who took advantage of the Andorran rest day to make his team’s intentions clear.

All in the same direction

However, Ineos is not the only team looking towards a podium on the Champs-Élysées where only three riders can fit. That is the challenge of the Jumbo Jonas Vingegaard (whose name should be pronounced as’Vingego‘), although without giving up stage victories with other riders, or squads totally focused on this purpose such as the EF of Rigo Uran, who tried a demarraje for the first time on Sunday, and even Movistar with Enric Mas. “It is only a minute and a half away so with two stages of great difficulty we must try to get him to the podium,” he stressed Alejandro Valverde.

The Murcian cyclist will arrive in Paris, although it may not be the most indicated in his next plan, which is none other than leading the Spanish team in the Tokyo Games. But you know, the ‘Bala’ where you feel most comfortable, when you are in full shape, as it seems to happen now, is competing and not training. And this decision of Valverde benefits extraordinarily ButAlthough he knows that to reach the Paris box, many runners must fail, perhaps too many, and he must be in a much more powerful state than he has exhibited so far.

For all these reasons and even if you don’t sleep as you would like, Pogacar He is the one who can lie down in the most relaxed bed of all the Tour riders.

General ranking

1- Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates) 62h 07′ 18″

2- Rigoberto Urán (EF Education) at 5´18 ”

3- Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo Visma) at 5´32 ”

4- Richard Carapaz (Ineos) a 5´33″

5- Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroen) a 5´ 58″

6- Wilko Kelderman (Bora Hansgrohe) a 6′ 16”

7- Alexey Lutsenko (Astana)a 7´01″

8- Enric Mas (Movistar) at 7 ’11’ ‘

9- Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) a 7′ 58”

10- Pello Bilbao (Bahrain) at 10 ’59’ ‘.


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