Updated on 2021-01-13 12:28:28
This Friday, at the end of a particularly hectic stage, Christophe Laporte took 4th place in the sprint and Guillaume Martin climbs back to 3rd placein general classification.
Now, it's time for two days that promise to be breathless & explosive in the Pyrenees.
It was to be a transitional stage before the Pyrenees. However, the day was particularly delicate with the edging initiated by the Bora-Hansgrohe then the Ineos-Grenadier.
At Cofidis, Guillaume Martin, well supported by his teammates, managed to stay constantly in the 1st group. He also passed a few important stints at the end of the stage before positioning himself well in the final.
The Normand was rewarded for his efforts : he gained a place in the general classification and is now in 3rd place. For his part, Christophe Laporte, one of the few sprinters to have managed to stay in the leading group, will seek a nice 4th place in the final packaging.
This is his 2nd best performance after his 2nd place in Pau in the Tour de France 2018. Change of scenery this weekend with two stages in the Pyrenees which promise a beautiful spectacle.
On the program : 8 passes to climb, including four of the first category and one out of category. Thus, you will have to climb the Col de Menté, the port of Balès and the Col de Peyresoude on Saturday, then the Col de la Hourcère, the Col d'Ichère and the Col de Marie Blanque on Sunday.
Christophe LAPORTE (4th on the stage): “We have been working hard all day. There was a quick break and then Bora-Hansgrohe accelerated. We were in front with Guillaume (Martin) and Pierre-Luc (Périchon) then it broke again when crossing Castres.
I felt good and I'm a little disappointed that I couldn't do my sprint in the last few meters. But Van Aert was unbeatable!
For us, the main thing is that Guillaume got in front and managed to get ahead of some leaders. " Guillaume MARTIN (3rd overall): "We expected a classic sprint stage and finally after 5 km the race got a bit crazy. With my teammates, we remained vigilant and well placed, including in the final. It was interesting to follow, nervous to do but I'm happy to have arrived with the first and Christophe made a good place too so it's a very good day. "