Tour de France: Van Aert Pogacker eats sweets and Maas retains sixth place

The Belgian champions clearly prevailed in the final time trial of the Tour, with the Slovenian performing poorly.

Vout van Aert on the time trial stage.EFE
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In the Tour of the Genius, the hunger of two of the world’s best cyclists ends in a clash in the final episode. Wait vout van ert Some cyclists throughout history complete a third in height, ‘sprint’ in various versions (he has three), in high mountains (he did it a few days earlier at Mont Ventoux) and in time trials, his great characteristic. And the only one in which he had not yet sung victory. u Tadej PogakarWith his rivals determined to show his dominance on a daily basis in opposition to great benevolent and condescending champions, he was looking for a fourth victory that would cement him as one of the most formidable victors of recent times, in Paris. His final victory tied the long.

Only one could win and so did Belgium, who can proudly say that he was the only cyclist to have won the sport. pogakar On an important day in these three weeks of the tour. And he clearly did too, as the Slovenian fared well below expectations, finishing eighth, 57 seconds behind. van aert. It is true that this was a time that did not favor him, flatter than the one in which he won, but seeing his overall performance it was impossible not to put the leader in the favorite poster, at least on the same level as the one who won. finally won.. “He hasn’t taken the risk, but he has squeezed himself,” his director later admitted, Joseon Fernandez ‘Matxin’.

“Winning the time trial on the Tour was one of the great goals of my career,” the Belgian champion later admitted, after winning clearly at St. He was the only one who went 30.8 km from Libourne in under 36 minutes and left second best, casper esgreen, for 21 seconds. was the third Jonas Winggarde, up to 32 seconds, which confirmed his second position in normal (the third would be Richard Carapazzi) and his status as a pinch runner who could be one of the main contenders for eventual victory in years to come.

For the rest, the time trial left things as they are, with the top 19 overall unchanged. Enrique Masso Offered a good performance and managed to defend sixth place against alexey lutsenko, who has come after winning the lap of the Tour of Switzerland. Ben O’Connor also managed to tie fourth place in front of Wilco Kelderman Those who are thinner than other years have lost the mastery of the specialty. Neither Pelo Bilbao Could Unseat Guillaume Martin From eighth place, after a time trial in which he had a problem with the position of the radio station on his back.

The Tour thus progresses to the final stage on the Champs Elysees, in which everything is decided, though with a pending historic challenge. Yes mark cavendish achieved his fourth win of this edition (and is by far the top favourite), leaving behind Eddy Merckx As the rider with the most partial wins in the entire history of the Tour. The rest of the stage will serve as a worthy tribute to Pogakar.