Tour de France (st. 5)
Spaniard continues to steadily improve at time trials; remains inside broad group of podium candidates, now 1’50” behind dominant Pogacar (UAD) in Laval.
Enric Mas (Movistar Team) improved over today’s TT and ended up completing a nice effort on Wednesday to remain fully in contention against the riders aiming for a podium place in the 2021 Tour de France. Over the lumpy, 27km first time trial in the ‘Grande Boucle’, from Changé to Laval, young Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAD) inflicted a first big blow en route to defending his 2020 title.
The Slovenian put time on all his rivals at today’s individual effort and came just 8″ short to taking yellow off the hands of Mathieu Van der Poel (AFC), as he took 44″ on Roglic (TJV), more than 1′ on Urán (GFC) and Thomas (IGD) and above a minute and a half on the climbing side of the GC contenders’ field. Within those finished Enric, who conceded 45″ in the first 8km against Pogacar, yet only an additional minute in the following twenty kilometers.
The Spaniard now sits in 14th place, which is 1’58” away from yellow; 1’50” off Pogacar; and just 37″ behind fifth-placed Alexey Lutsenko (AST), leading a group of a dozen riders seeking for a podium finish. The TDF peloton will now head for another chance for the sprinters in Châteauroux, before the tough ‘pre-Alps’ stage seven on Friday (250km).
REACTION / Enric Mas:
“I felt well, the legs were good today. I would have liked to squeeze a couple of seconds in the end, but I’m overall satisfied with today’s result. It’s true that Tadej (Pogacar) has gained a significant advantage against almost everyone in the GC, but I think that being there, into that field of contenders currently sitting 20-30″ apart, is a good position to be. We’re motivated, the Alps are only three days away, the legs of everyone in this group are alright and we’re ready to tackle those mountains. Hoping we can get safely through these upcoming stages so we can finally get to our terrain.”
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- 01 Tadej Pogacar UAE Team Emirates 32'00"
- 02 Stefan Küng Groupama-FDJ +19"
- 03 Jonas Vingegaard Jumbo - Visma +27"
- 26 Enric Mas Movistar Team +1'49"
- 40 Miguel Ángel López Movistar Team +2'08"
- 80 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +3'32"
- 92 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team +3'48"
- 136 Iván García Cortina Movistar Team +4'39"
- 151 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team +4058"
- 176 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +6'23"
- 01 Mathieu van der Poel Alpecin-Fenix 16h51'41"
- 02 Tadej Pogacar UAE Team Emirates +8"
- 03 Wout van Aert Jumbo - Visma +30"
- 14 Enric Mas Movistar Team +1'58"
- 36 Miguel Ángel López Movistar Team +5'20"
- 58 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +10'13"
- 59 Iván García Cortina Movistar Team +10'21"
- 108 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +18'26"
- 113 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team +19'27"
- 144 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team +25'37"