The 169 cyclists competing in the 110th edition of the Tour de France take a break today after nine stages of hard pedaling and an interesting duel between favorites Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma)-Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates).
With 1,625 of the 3,404 kilometers traveled, the Grande Boucle makes a stop in the most mountainous classic of recent years, an adventure that has already left the Pyrenees and the Massif Central behind, but that has giants in chains ahead of it. of the Jura, the Alps and the Vosges, before culminating on July 23 on the Parisian Champs-Élysées.
The break comes with the Danish Vingegaard, reigning Tour champion, dressed in yellow, and his great rival, the Slovenian Pogacar, monarch in 2020 and 2021, just 17 seconds behind in the general classification, the most anticipated battle in the world of pedaling .
Another brilliant athlete in the past phase is the Belgian sprinter Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix), who won in three stages and easily leads the competition by points, with 259 units, 110 more than the second place, the Frenchman Bryan Coquard (Cofidis ).
In the mountains, the American Neilson Powless (EF Education) is leading the field with 46 points, while by teams the top belongs to Bahrain Victorious, just 44 seconds ahead of Ineos Grenadiers, a squad that has Colombian champion Egan Bernal in its ranks. in 2019.
This Tuesday the Tour de France will resume with a tenth bumpy stage, 167.2 kilometers between Vulcania and Issoire, a route with five levels to climb, four of the third category and one of the second, the Col de la Croix with its 1,451 meters above sea level and six kilometers of ascent with an average gradient of 6.3 percent.
Source: Latin Press Agency