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[evolve stage2]Tour de France Leaderboard and Rankings

Time:2021-8-2 source: Six forum Author: Six forum read:10+

  Stage 5 Winner – Tadej Pogacar

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  Who’s Winning the Tour?

  Van der Poel doesn’t have a strong time trial resume, and today’s stage was both the longest TT he’s ever done and under the biggest spotlight. But he rose to the occasion with solid pacing throughout, hovering between 2nd and 5th at every time check. While his overall lead over Poga?ar dwindled to just eight seconds, simply staying in yellow another day is a massive accomplishment for a rider whose main objective this year is actually in a few weeks at the Tokyo Olympics, where he’ll race the mountain bike event.

  Who’s Really Winning the Tour?

  No one had a better day than Poga?ar, who was fastest at every intermediate time check and gained time—often a lot—on all his challengers. The soonest Poga?ar is likely to take yellow is Friday’s unusually long stage, but barring a crash or some major mishap, it’s almost a sure thing he’ll be in the race lead this weekend when the race goes into the Alps.

  Elsewhere, contenders have to be asking themselves where are the cracks in Poga?ar’s armor. His closest real rival on time is EF Education-Nippo’s Rigoberto Uran, who is almost a minute and a half behind before the mountains even start, and Poga?ar is one of the best climbers in the world. INEOS’s Richard Carapaz and last year’s runner-up, Primo? Rogli? of Jumbo-Visma, are around 1:40 back, and things get more grim from there; there are only five more GC hopefuls within three minutes of Pog on the overall classification. Some of them, like Roglic and INEOS’s Geraint Thomas, are dealing with injuries from crashes in the opening stages. There are two possibilities for the coming weeks: Poga?ar didn’t lead last year’s Tour until the final day, so he never had to defend yellow, and his team is a question mark in terms of strength. And, Pog is clearly flying right now, but there are more than two weeks left to race. If his form peaked too early, rivals may be able to gain back time late in the race as he fades.

  Stage 4 Winner – Mark Cavendish

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  Who’s Winning the Tour?

  But it almost didn’t happen. One day after Lotto-Soudal lost sprinter Caleb Ewan to a broken collarbone, Van Moer did his best to win the team a stage. On his first grand tour, the 23-year-old spent all day on the attack with France’s Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis), then left his companion inside the final 10km to go solo. Underestimated by the chasing peloton, the Belgian held on until about 200 meters to go, when the hungry sprinters finally overtook him.

  Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) finished safely within the leading peloton, holding onto the yellow jersey as the overall leader of the Tour. French puncheur Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) sits in second place, only 8 seconds behind the Dutchman; Ecuador’s Richard Capapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) and Belgium’s Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) stand in third and fourth, just 31 seconds behind.

  Who’s Really Winning the Tour?

  Stage 5 brings the first of two individual time trials in this year’s Tour de France, a 27km ride from Changé to Laval that should shuffle the Tour’s General Classification. We’ve never seen van der Poel target a time trial before, so it remains to be seen how he’ll fare in terms of defending the yellow jersey. Maybe the yellow jersey will serve as additional inspiration, but with proven time trialists like Alaphilippe and van Aert, and a long rolling course, they’re both good bets to dethrone the Dutchman.

  We’ll also be closely watching Primo? Rogli? (Jumbo-Visma) and Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers). Heading into the Tour, Stage 5 was expected to offer the two favorites a chance to distance themselves from the Tour’s other GC contenders. Still, given the injuries they’ve sustained in crashes during the opening stages, they may not be able to take full advantage of their abilities

  Stage 3 Winner – Tim Merlier

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  While his superstar teammate overshadows him, Merlier is a solid sprinter who’s having a career year (like van der Poel, he’s also a top cyclocross racer during the winter season). His Stage 3 win is his second in a Grand Tour after a victory in May’s Giro d’Italia. Not bad for a guy who’d never raced a Grand Tour until this year.

  Merlier’s victory—and Philipsen’s second-place finish—underscores that Alpecin-Fenix, not Deceuninck-Quick Step, is the top sprint team at this year’s Tour. DQS would be a top rival, but they were in disarray today. Their lead sprinter, Sam Bennett, is home with a knee injury while manager Patrick Lefevere starts needless feuds with him in the press. And Mark Cavendish, who could be the feel-good story of the race if he wins a stage in his return to the sport’s biggest stage, was well off after getting caught up and delayed by the late-stage crashes. Elsewhere, Ewan, another major rival, is now out with a broken collarbone. Van der Poel still leads the overall, eight seconds clear of DQS’s Julian Alaphilippe, who is at the top of the points standings after his fifth-place finish. INEOS Grenadiers’ Richard Carapaz was the only GC rider to finish in the front group. He jumps to third overall.

  Who’s Really Winning the Tour?

  The chaotic nature of the opening stages has seen various riders pinball around in the overall standings. Carapaz is a perfect example: he lost 13 seconds on the uphill finish of Stage 1, but today bounced back with his savvy (and lucky) ride. Bora-Hansgrohe’s Wilco Kelderman managed to stay upright, and defending champion Tadej Poga?ar lost minimal time after being delayed by a late crash.

  Who’s Not Winning the Tour?

  Outside of Carapaz, it’s been a dismal opening few stages for INEOS, with crashes for several riders. Thomas fell hard today, less than 40km into the stage, and reportedly suffered a separated shoulder that was reset on site by the team doctor. There’s no word yet on how severe the injury is. Still, it will almost certainly be painfully difficult for Thomas to hold his aerodynamic tuck in Wednesday’s crucial time trial stage, where he’d typically be among the favorites. Jumbo-Visma hasn’t been any luckier, with multiple riders caught in crashes. Team leader Primoz Rogli? fell hard with 18km to go today. His team swiftly organized a chase, but they’d no sooner gotten back to the leading group before another crash delayed them. He finished 1:21 down today, but at least X-rays showed no fractures.

  Stage 2 Winner – Mathieu van der Poel

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  Who’s winning the Tour?

  It was clear that van der Poel was targeting the stage and the yellow jersey. He launched his first attack on the first of two ascents of the M?r, taking eight bonus seconds for being the first over the top. Easing back into the bunch, he recovered on the downhill run-in to the final climb to the finish line, then covered attacks by Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) before going off on his own with an acceleration no one could follow.

  As he crossed the finish line, he pointed to the sky to honor his deceased grandfather, Raymond Poulidor. One of the Tour’s most beloved heroes, “Pou-Pou,” never had the honor of wearing the yellow jersey despite finishing on the Tour’s final podium eight times. The 10-second time bonus that van der Poel took for winning the stage was enough to put him in yellow though, as France’s Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) finished fourth on the day, eight seconds back. Van der Poel now leads the Tour by eight seconds over the Frenchman; Poga?ar sits third, 13 seconds down.

  Who’s really winning the Tour?

  We’re only two days into the race, but it’s clear that last year’s top two finishers, Slovenians Tadej Poga?ar (UAE Team Emirates) and Primo? Rogli? (Jumbo-Visma), aren’t wasting any time. Both riders scored bonus seconds behind van der Poel on the day’s first climb of the M?r de Bretagne, and the duo pulled away from the rest of the leading group to score more bonus seconds at the finish. If this keeps up, we could be headed for a Tour even closer than last year’s, when Poga?ar overtook Rogli? in the final time trial to win the Tour.

  The Tour’s other top GC contenders are expected to come from INEOS Grenadiers, whose four-headed GC-monster became a 2-headed GC-monster in yesterday’s crashes. Both Richie Porte and Tao Geoghegan Hart lost lots of time, leaving the team to ride for Geraint Thomas and Richard Carapaz. Carapaz was the best finisher today; the Ecuadorian finished in the leading group of contenders, 8 seconds behind van der Poel. Thomas lost a bit of time, leading in the next group another 15 seconds down. He should recoup the time lost to his teammate in Wednesday’s individual time trial, but it will remain interesting to see how the hierarchy within the team continues to evolve over the course of the Tour’s first week.

  Stage 1 Winner – Julian Alaphilippe

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  The 2021 Tour de France got off to a banging start—literally—on Saturday with its opening road stage. The Grand Depart in Brittany, with its small roads and sharp climbs, was always going to be nervous, but Stage 1 was most notable for two huge crashes in the last third of the stage.

  The first, caused by a heedless fan who held a cardboard sign in front of the riders, brought down roughly a third of the field. The second, a touch of wheels at high speed with less than 10km to go, took out almost as many and upset many teams’ plans for the final climb to the finish at Landerneau. Amazingly, only three riders failed to finish, but any number are banged up.

  Who’s winning the Tour?

  World Champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) was both smart and lucky enough to avoid both wrecks, and took the stage win and the race’s first yellow jersey with a bold attack from more than 2km out on the climb. Other riders, sensing he’d gone too soon, hesitated to follow, but Alaphilippe’s jump worked perfectly and he soloed in for the win eight seconds ahead of the chase, led by BikeExchange’s Michael Matthews. That’s key: with bonus seconds for his victory, Alaphilippe is 12 seconds clear of anyone else in the overall standings. It might not sound like much, but for a rider of Alaphilippe’s formidable abilities it’s an eternity, and barring crashes—fingers crossed—he should easily defend the lead at least until the first time trial on Stage 5.

  Who’s not winning the Tour?

  Israel Start-Up Nation. ISN entered the Tour with high hopes on several levels. Dan Martin was an ideal stage-win hope for Stages 1 and 2, while Michael “Rusty” Woods was in excellent shape and aiming for a high overall finish. The team was heavily impacted by the day’s crashes, however, with several riders, including four-time Tour winner Chris Froome and sprinter Andre Greipel, going down hard (Froome was slow to get up and grimaced as he was examined by medical staff). The team’s top finisher was Guillaume Boivin, more than a minute down. Woods crossed the line nearly nine minutes back, his hopes for the general classification completely shredded almost before the race is underway. And Froome and several others were among the stage’s final finishers, which suggests they’re pretty banged up. We’ll be unsurprised if there are a couple of did-not-starts on the results sheet for Stage 2.As the well-worn saying goes, you don’t win the Tour on the first day, but you sure can lose it. Several other GC hopefuls (Movistar’s Miguel Angel Lopez of Movistar; Guillaume Martin of Cofidis, and Richie Porte of INEOS) also saw serious time losses, but it’s hard to think of a team that saw its Tour hopes more thoroughly destroyed than ISN.

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