Updated on 2021-01-13 12:28:02
Two days after arriving in Orcières-Merlette, a longer & more vigorous final climb awaits the riders tomorrow at Mont Aigoual. Enough to further refine the positions in the general classification and allow Guillaume Martin to shine again. You have to know how to preserve yourself when the effort is long and lasts 21 days.
This is the challenge offered by the Tour de France & the peloton is well aware of it.
This Wednesday between Gap and Privas, it was therefore decided to ease off slightly while high mountain was on the program yesterday and will continue to be tomorrow. Guillaume Martin was able to preserve himself At Cofidis, we also wanted to recover well when the whole team was hard at work the day before in order to help Guillaume Martin to climb to 3rd place on the stage.
Even today, all took turns supporting their leader. In the last kilometers, Guillaume was keen to get back to the top positions in order to protect himself and cross the line safely.
Following the penalty suffered by Julian Alaphilippe, the Normand is now 4th in the general classification and 1st French. The stage ended with a sprint as announced.
In the last kilometers, Elia Viviani, weakened by a burcitis in the right foot since the start of the Tour, preferred to get up. The Italian sprinter of the Cofidis squad continues to hang in there and hopes to quickly regain his abilities.
Christophe Laporte therefore represented the Cofidis team in the sprint and finished in an honorable 12th place. Mont Aigoual, full bodied finish So tomorrow the road will rise again with the 2nd summit finish in three days.
This time around, the peloton will have to climb Mont Aigoual, which has only been crossed once in the history of the Tour.
On the program: an 8.3 km climb with percentages sometimes exceeding 9%.
This playing field should sharpen ambitions among climbers and favorites of the Grande Boucle.
After his performance on Tuesday, Guillaume Martin intends to play his luck to the full and offer new emotions to all Cofidis fans.