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Le Tour 2021 – 21 et fini

Tour de France Chatou > Paris Champs-Ẻlysées

Distance: 108.4 kilometers.

A Flat stage with a Cat 4 climb and a bunch finish.

  • Côte des Grès 7.4 km (Cat 4: 1.9km @ 5.0%)

The intermediate sprint is at 68.3 km at Paris-Haut des Champs-Ẻlysées.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 82 hours 56 minutes 36 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 337 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Polka Dot] 107 points
White Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [White] 1

Stage winner: Wout Van Aert (TJV – 012)
Super Combative: Franck Bonnamour (BBK – 223 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]
La Lanterne Rouge: Tim Declercq (DQT – 056) + 05h 01′ 09″ Φ

For the second year in a row Tadej Pogačar has taken everything except the Green Jersey and he is only 23. Mark Cavendish has put an exclamation point on his return to the race by taking the Green Jersey and tying with Eddy Merckx for total stage wins on the Tour at 34.

After making 20 stages, Jakob Fuglsang was unable to start the final stage.

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July 18, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – 21 et fini

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 20

Tour de France Libourne > Saint-Émilion

Distance: 30.8 kilometers.

An Indivual Time Trial stage with no climbs. Intermediate times are taken at Pomerol (7.6 km) and Montagne (20.1km). Riders leave the start every 1½ minutes (about 3½ hours for all of the riders to start, and under an hour to the finish.)

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 80 hours 16 minutes 59 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 304 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Wouter Poels (TBV – 166) [Polka Dot] 88 points*
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 2*

Stage winner: Wout Van Aert (TJV – 012)
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

*The Numbers 2 are wearing the White and the Polka Dot as Number 1 is wearing Yellow.

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July 17, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 20

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 19

Tour de France Mourenx > Libourne

Distance: 207.0 kilometers.

A Flat stage with a Cat 4 climb.

  • Côte de Bareille 12.1 km (Cat 4: 1.9km @ 5.3%)

The intermediate sprint is at 54.1 km at Saint-Sever.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 79 hours 40 minutes 09 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 304 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Wouter Poels (TBV – 166) [Polka Dot] 88 points*
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 2*

Stage winner: Matej Mohoric (TBV – 165)
Combative: Matej Mohoric (TBV – 165 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

*The Numbers 2 are wearing the White and the Polka Dot as Number 1 is wearing Yellow.

Barring something unusual the Jerseys seem to be determined. Tomorrow is a time trial, followed by the parade into Paris. The final question is whether Mark Cavendish can win the sprint in Paris and take his 35 stage to stand alone on the all time Tour stage wins.

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July 16, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 19

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 18

Tour de France Pau > Luz Ardiden

Distance: 129.7 kilometers.

The final Mountain stage with two Cat 4, and two Hors Catégorie climbs and a summit finish.

  • Côte de Notre-Dame de Piétat 10.6 km (Cat 4: 2.6km @ 5.6%)
  • Côte de Loucrup 54.6 km (Cat 4: 2.0km @ 7.0%)
  • Col du Tourmalet 94.1 km (Hors Catégorie: 17.1km @ 7.3%)
  • Luz Ardiden 129.7 km (Hors Catégorie: 13.3km @ 7.4%)

The intermediate sprint is at 62.7 km at Pouzac.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 75 hours 00 minutes 02 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 298 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Wouter Poels (TBV – 166) [Polka Dot] 88 points*
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 2*

Stage winner: Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001)
Combative: David Gaudu (GFC – 081 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

*The Numbers 2 are wearing the White and the Polka Dot as Number 1 is wearing Yellow.

With the win today, his third on this Tour, Tadej Pogačar protected the Yellow and White Jerseys and picked up the Polka Dots – the same three that he won last year. Mark Cavendish has a 19 point lead for the Green and is looking for another stage win in the flat stages ahead.

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July 15, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 18

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 17

Tour de France Muret > Saint-Lary-Soulan

Distance: 178.4 kilometers.

A Mountain stage with two Cat 1, and a Hors Catégorie climbs with a summit finish.

  • Col de Peyresourde 129.1 km (Cat 1: 13.2km @ 7.0%)
  • Col de Val Louron-Azet 149.5 km (Cat 1: 7.4km @ 8.3%)
  • Col de Portet 178.4 km (Hors Catégorie: 16.0km @ 8.7%)

The intermediate sprint is at 113.4 km at Bagnères-de-Luchon.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 71 hours 26 minutes 27 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 287 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Wouter Poels (TBV – 166) [Polka Dot] 78 points
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 2*

Stage winner: Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001)
Combative: Anthony Perez (COF – 096 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

Tadej Pogacar extended his lead in the Yellow by taking the stage. He is number 2 in the Polka Dot race and number 6 in the Green competition – a true all-arounder.

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

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July 14, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 17

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 16

Tour de France Pas de la Case > Saint-Gaudens

Distance: 169.0 kilometers.

A “Hilly” stage with two Cat 2, a Cat 1, and a Cat 4 climbs.

  • Col de Port 54.0 km (Cat 2: 11.4km @ 5.1%)
  • Col de la Core 101.1 km (Cat 1: 13.1km @ 6.6%)
  • Col de Portet-d’Aspet 136.5 km (Cat 2: 5.4km @ 7.1%)
  • Côte d’Aspet-Sarrat 162.0 km (Cat 4: 800m @ 8.4%)

The intermediate sprint is at 84.7 km at Vic d’Oust.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 66 hours 23 minutes 06 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 279 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Wouter Poels (TBV – 166) [Polka Dot] 74 points
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 3*

Stage winner: Patrick Konrad (BOH – 074)
Combative: Patrick Konrad (BOH – 074 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

A diverse cast on the stage podiums in this version of the Tour with many first time stage winners.

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

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July 13, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 16

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 15

Tour de France Céret > Andorre-la-Vielle¹

Distance: 191.3 kilometers.

A Mountain stage with a Cat 2 and three Cat 1 climbs.

  • Montée de Mont-Louis 86.3 km (Cat 1: 8.4km @ 5.7%)
  • Col de Puymorens 133.1 km(Cat 2: 5.8km @ 4.7%)
  • Port d’Envalira 146.7 km (Cat 1: 10.7km @ 5.9%)
  • Col de Beixalis 176.5 km (Cat 1: 6.4km @ 8.5%)

The intermediate sprint is at 66.9 km at Olette.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 62 hours 07 minutes 18 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 279 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Wouter Poels (TBV – 166) [Polka Dot] 74 points
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 3*

Stage winner: Sepp Kuss (TJV – 015)
Combative: Wout Van Aert (TJV – 012 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

Sepp Kuss is the first American to win a stage in 10 years.

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

¹Andorra la Vella (in Catalan, the local language) is the capital of the tiny country of Andorra located in the Pyrenees between France and Spain.

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July 11, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 15

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 14

Tour de France Carcassone > Quillan

Distance: 183.7 kilometers.

A Hilly stage with two Cat 3 and three Cat 2 climbs.

  • Col du Bac 50.9 km (Cat 3: 3.1km @ 5.3%)
  • Col de Montségur 89.0 km (Cat 2: 4.2km @ 8.7%)
  • Col de la Croix de Morts 110.3 km(Cat 2: 6.8km @ 5.7%)
  • Côte de Galinagues 126.3 km (Cat 3: 2.2km @ 9.0%)
  • Col de Saint-Louis 166.8 km (Cat 2: 4.7km @ 7.4%)

The intermediate sprint is at 76.7 km at Lavelanet.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 56 hours 50 minutes 21 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 279 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Michael Woods (ISN – 037) [Polka Dot] 54 points
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 4*

Stage winner: Bauke Mollema (TFS – 044)
Combative: Bauke Mollema (TFS – 044 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

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

The Tour’s concept of “Hilly” is a bit skewed IMHO.

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July 10, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 14

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 13

Tour de France Nîmes > Carcassone

Distance: 219.9 kilometers.

A Flat stage with a Cat 4 climb in the middle.

  • Côte du Pic Saint-Loup 51.5 km (cat 3: 5.5km @ 3.6%)

The intermediate sprint is at 104.2 km at Fontes. Expect a bunch sprint to the finish.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 52 hours 27 minutes 12 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 279 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Nairo Quintana (ARK – 136) [Polka Dot] 50 points
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 3*

Stage winner: Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055)
Combative: Quentin Pacher (BBK – 227 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

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

Mark Cavendish has tied Eddy Merckx’s record with his 34th stage win and fourth stage win of this edition of the Tour. He was selected for the Deceuninck – Quick – Step team at the last minute when other riders dropped out. He has had medical problems in recent years that have prevented him from racing, but he is obviously back and winning stages and the Green Jersey for his team.

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July 9, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 13

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 12

Tour de France Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux > Nîmes

Distance: 159.4 kilometers.

A Flat stage with a Cat 3 climb in the middle.

  • Côte du belvédère de Tharaux 83.7 km (cat 3: 4.4km @ 4.6%)

The intermediate sprint is at 132.7 km at Uzès. Expect a bunch sprint to the finish.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 47 hours 22 minutes 43 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 221 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Nairo Quintana (ARK – 136) [Polka Dot] 50 points
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 3*

Stage winner: Nils Politt (BOH – 076)
Combative: Nils Politt (BOH – 076 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

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

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July 8, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 12

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 11

Tour de France Sorgues > Malaucène

Distance: 198.9 kilometers.

A Mountain stage with two Cat 4, two Cat 1, and an Hors Catégorie. The finish is a 1600 meter descent over 22 kilometers.

  • Côte de Fontaine-de-Vaucluse 32.1 km (cat 4: 1.9km @ 6.0%)
  • Côte de Gordes 43.7 km (cat 4: 2.5km @ 5.1%)
  • Col de la Liguière 83.6 km(cat 1: 9.3km @ 6.7%)
  • Mont Ventoux 122.5 km (cat 1: 22.0km @ 5.1%)
  • Mont Ventoux 176.9 km (Hors Catégorie: 15.7km @ 8.8%)

The intermediate sprint is at 40.2 km at Les Imberts.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 43 hours 44 minutes 38 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 218 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Nairo Quintana (ARK – 136) [Polka Dot] 50 points
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 3*

Stage winner: Wout Van Aert (TJV – 012)
Combative: Kenny Elissonde (TFS – 043 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

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

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July 7, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 11

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 10

Tour de France Albertville > Valence

Distance: 190.7 kilometers.

A mostly Flat stage with a single Cat 4 climb.

  • Col de Couz 58.5 km (cat 4: 7.4km @ 2.8%)

The intermediate sprint is at 82.3 km at La Placette.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 38 hours 25 minutes 17 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 218 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Nairo Quintana (ARK – 136) [Polka Dot] 50 points
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 4*

Stage winner: Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055)
Combative: Hugo Houle (APT – 186 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

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

This is Mark Cavendish’s third stage win on this year’s Tour and 33rd stage win overall on the Tour, only one short of the legendary Eddy Merckx’s record. He has the possibility of tying and then surpassing that long standing record on this year’s Tour.

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July 6, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 10

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 9

Tour de France Cluses > Tignes

Distance: 144.9 kilometers.

Definitely a Mountain stage with two Cat 2, two Cat 1, and an Hors Catégorie.

  • Côte de Domancy 19.6 km (cat 2: 2.5km @ 9.4%)
  • Col des Saisies 49.4 km (cat 1: 9.4km @ 6.2%)
  • Col du Pré 80.9 km(Hors Catégorie: 12.6km @ 7.7%)
  • Cormet de Roselend 93.3 km (cat 2: 5.7km @ 6.5%)
  • Montée de Tignes 143.0 km (cat 1: 21.0km @ 5.6%)

The intermediate sprint is at 32.7 km at Praz-sur-Arly.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 34 hours 11 minutes 10 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 168 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Nairo Quintana (ARK – 136) [Polka Dot] 50 points
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 4*

Stage winner: Ben O’Connor (ACT – 124)
Combative: Ben O’Connor (ACT – 124 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

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

After a run of stages with no losses, two riders didn’t start, three withdrew, and seven were outside the time limit. Tomorrow is a Rest Day.

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July 4, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 9

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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July 3, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 8