Monday, July 24, 2017

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Sagan extends green jersey lead

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Peter Sagan claimed second place on stage 13 to Rodez, where he extended his lead in the points classification to 24 points after a punchy 570m finishing climb. Just missing out on the win behind Greg Van Avermaet, Sagan notes that he is grateful for his teammates’ effort but found himself wanting the stage win.

 



Crossing the line in Rodez after a flat-out battle between the fast guys, Peter Sagan assesses that he made a mistake on the final part of the 570m finishing climb of 9.7 percent.


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Van Avermaet Wins BMC Racing Team's Third Tour Stage

Greg Van Avermaet held off a charge by Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) on Friday's uphill finish to deliver the BMC Racing Team its third stage win of this year's Tour de France.

Van Avermaet and the peloton only swept up the last three riders from the day's six-man breakaway in the last 300 meters of the 198.5-kilometer race. Van Avermaet started his sprint with Sagan on his wheel and twice held off surges from the Slovakian national road champion and points classification leader to earn his first career Tour de France stage win.

 

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Contador finishes with main GC group on Plateau de Beille

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Alberto Contador regained momentum on stage 12 to Plateau de Beille, where the team leader notes that he felt better. Under the deluge, which had imposed itself on the riders going into the final climb, Contador finished together with the main GC rivals after an array of attacks in the group without any clear winner. Peter Sagan retains the green jersey by 2 points.

 



After crossing the finish line in 14th place behind stage winner Joaquim Rodriguez, who claimed the day from the breakaway, Alberto Contador says that he felt better, as the stage progressed.


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2015 Tour de France Stage 13 Preview :

After our three days in the Pyrenees, the riders will be glad for a bit of a respite today.  Stage 13 of the 2015 Tour de France runs 198.5kms from Muret to Rodez and is a rolling “transition” stage.

 

 

A break should get away early, then they will be the ones out for the intermediate sprint at 92.5kms in Laboutarie. Then, there are three categorized climbs:

  • Km 131.0 - Côte de Saint-Cirgue3.8 kilometre-long climb at 5.8% - category 3
  • Km 156.5 - Côte de la Pomparie2.8 kilometre-long climb at 5% - category 4
  • Km 167.0 - Côte de la Selve3.9 kilometre-long climb at 3.7% - category 4

Due to the hills at the end, if the race comes back together, it seems a good stage for Sagan who is pretty solid on the lower hills.  However, depending on who is in the break, it might be a good day for the puncheurs! 

Blues show courage in Plateau de Beille

Down to eight riders after the abandon by Alex Dowsett, whom some stomach problems suffered from last night put "the final nail in the coffin", as explained by himself, to a suffering more than a week long caused by wounds and injuries from his crash on stage four, the Movistar Team did not lose courage and willingness to turn things around in the final Tour de France stage in the Pyrenees this year.

 

 

The 195km journey from Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille (HC), including the previous ascents of Portet d'Aspet (Cat-2), la Core (Cat-1) and Lers (Cat-1), passed by with no big moves -a 22-man move dominating the scene- until the big favourites started attacking race leader Chris Froome (SKY) into the second half of the decisive climb. 

 

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