Tour de France (st. 20)
Spaniard holds off final charge from Lutsenko (APT), claims second career top-ten finish in the ‘Grande Boucle’ as race ends in Paris’ Champs-Élysées on Sunday.
Back with a solid display on the final big day of the 2021 Tour de France, Enric Mas (Movistar Team) sealed on Saturday what will be his third consecutive top-ten finish in a three-week stagerace as he sits in 6th overall following the TT from Libourne to Saint-Émilion (30.8km), won by Wout van Aert (TJV). Tadej Pogacar (UAD) all but confirmed his second victory in the race.
With Ben O’Connor (ACT) and Wilco Kelderman (BOH) more than a minute ahead in fourth and fifth overall, the spectators’ sights with Mas soon turned towards the defence of his sixth spot against a TT specialist, Alexey Lutsenko (APT). The Spaniard, who trailed by 18″ at the first intermediate check (7km), did not concede more than a dozen seconds in the remaining twenty kilometers, a strong finish seeing him keep his place by 40″.
It was an otherwise uneventful day for Valverde, Arcas, Verona, Cortina and Erviti, the Telefónica-backed squad set to reach the French capital on Sunday with its six ‘survivors’ en route to the world’s most famous avenue, the Champs-Élysées, where a bunch sprint is, once again, the expected finish.
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- 01 Wout Van Aert Jumbo - Visma 35'53"
- 02 Kasper Asgreen Deceuninck - Quick Step +21"
- 03 Jonas Vingegaard Jumbo - Visma +32"
- 27 Enric Mas Movistar Team +2'29"
- 73 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +4'23"
- 81 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team +4'27"
- 93 Iván García Cortina Movistar Team +4'34"
- 97 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team +4'40"
- 136 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +5'56"
- 01 Tadej Pogacar UAE Team Emirates 80h16'59"
- 02 Jonas Vingegaard Jumbo - Visma +5'20"
- 03 Richard Carapaz INEOS Grenadiers +7'03"
- 06 Enric Mas Movistar Team +11'43"
- 25 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +1h07'50"
- 70 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team +2h49'07"
- 91 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team +3h14'41"
- 95 Iván García Cortina Movistar Team +3h21'25"
- 100 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +3h26'09"