Tour de France (st. 9)
Spaniard affected by crash early into final Alpine day; still has energy left to launch his first attack in the ‘Grande Boucle’ into final climb of Tignes, sits now in 6th overall – just under half a minute from podium. O’Connor (ACT) wins from break, now ranks 2nd behind Pogacar (UAD).
Despite a significant blow, yet another setback for a severely hampered Movistar Team in this first half of the 2021 Tour de France, Enric Mas showed on Sunday’s stage nine to Tignes that he’s really got a shot at contesting a GC podium finish in Paris.
The Spaniard was affected by a crash around 30km into the stage, just after the initial climb to Domancy (Cat-2), which left his clothes severely damaged yet, looking at the results, didn’t mean any major physical consequence.
Supported until the foot of the last climb by Valverde and a great Jorge Arcas, Mas got over the ascents with apparent ease and also went through a final selection created by INEOS Grenadiers, before attacking, just before the top, to try and further reduced his group -which race leader Pogacar (UAD) had already left behind-.
Enric’s move meant that Kelderman, Lutsenko -whom he overtakes in the GC- and Gaudu conceded time, which takes the Spaniard up to sixth overall, just 29″ off third place, while Ben O’Connor (ACT), who took a resounding victory, got up to second after his huge finishing margin. The new situation is Enric’s best in this year’s ‘Grande Boucle’, right before the first rest day on Monday.
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- 01 Ben O'Connor AG2R La Mondiale 4h26'43"
- 02 Mattia Cattaneo Deceuninck - Quick Step +5'07"
- 03 Sonny Colbrelli Bahrain Victorious +5'34"
- 09 Enric Mas Movistar Team +6'34"
- 18 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +7'59"
- 40 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team +23'10"
- 49 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team +25'55"
- 71 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +31'37"
- 124 Iván García Cortina Movistar Team "
- 149 Miguel Ángel López Movistar Team +34'13"
- 01 Tadej Pogacar UAE Team Emirates 34h11'10"
- 02 Ben O'Connor AG2R La Mondiale +2'01"
- 03 Rigoberto Urán EF Education-NIPPO +5'18"
- 06 Enric Mas Movistar Team +5'47"
- 35 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +46'19"
- 45 Miguel Ángel López Movistar Team +54'26"
- 73 Iván García Cortina Movistar Team +1h11'52"
- 79 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team +1h14'36"
- 114 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team +1h30'20"
- 117 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +1h31'29"