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Le Tour 2021 – Stage 8

Tour de France Oyonnax > Le Grand-Bornand

Distance: 150.8 kilometers.

Definitely a Mountain stage with a Cat 3, a Cat 4, and three Cat 1 climbs.

  • Côte de Copponex 61.9 km (cat 3: 6.5km @ 4.4%)
  • Côte de Menthonnex-en-Bornes 72.5 km (cat 4: 2.7km @ 4.9%)
  • Côte de Mont-Saxonnex 104.0 km(cat 1: 5.7km @ 8.3%)
  • Col de Romme 122.1 km (cat 1: 8.8km @ 8.9%)
  • Col de Colombière 136.1 km (cat 1: 7.5km @ 8.5%)

The intermediate sprint is at 44.8 km at Frangy.

In additions to the mountains there was rain to make the descents “interesting”. This was a very good day for Tadej Pogačar who has captured the Yellow, but also for Team Bahrain Victorious which now leads the Teams competition, and whose riders won the stage, the Red Numbers, and the Polka Dots. Three of the top four climbers are on Team Bahrain Victorious.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 29 hours 38 minutes 25 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 168 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Wouter Poels (TBV – 166) [Polka Dot] 23 points
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 5*

Stage winner: Dylan Teuns (TBV – 167)
Combative: Wouter Poels (TBV – 166 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

*Number 2 wearing the White as Number 1 is wearing Yellow.

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Tropical Storm Elsa – Day 4

Tropical Storm ElsaPosition: 17.9N 75.3W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [295°] near 17 mph [28 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [100 kph].
Wind Gusts: 80 mph [130 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 125 miles [205 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1004 mb ↑.

Currently about 140 miles [ 225 km] East-Southeast of Montego Bay, Jamaica.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the southern portion of Haiti from Port Au Prince to the southern border with the Dominican Republic., Jamaica, and for the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Granma, Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas, Santiago de Cuba, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, and Cienfuegos.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Granma, Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas, and Santiago de Cuba.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Cayman Brac & Little Cayman, the Cuban provinces of Matanzas, Mayabeque, and Havana, and the Florida Keys from Craig Key westward to the Dry Tortugas.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

July 3, 2021   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Elsa – Day 4