2021 Tour de France S1: French hero! World champion storms to win the yellow jersey
On June 26, the first stage of the Tour de France ended. Alla Philippe (De Cournik-Quick Step) brought a brilliant offense in the final stage, flew solo with absolute strength, won the stage championship as a world champion, and put on the yellow jersey as he wished.
Unlike the previous ITT as the opener, the first stage of this year's Tour de France is 197.8km in length, and includes multiple climbs that are not difficult. Sprinters and breakout drivers have the hope of competing for the championship. It is worth mentioning that the driver who won the championship in the first stage can be the first to put on the overall result to lead the yellow jersey. This honor will inspire the drivers to go all out to the finish line.
184 riders started today's race, of which 45 riders made their debut in the Tour de France. After the neutral ride was over, Campenart (Kubeca) immediately led the ride to accelerate, and the riders began to grab a place in the breakout group. In the first 7km of the race, several drivers briefly opened a gap. The speed of the main group exceeded 70km/h, and the race is about to come to the first climb.
In the first level 4 climb, Campenarte accelerated again, withstood the chase of the driver behind him, and successfully won the only point of the climb point. The main group returned to calm for a short time, but after 10km, several drivers accelerated again to break through. This time, Schhelin (Bola-Hansgrohe), Perez (Cofidis), Rodriguez (Total) Energy), Danny Van Popper (Wanty Gobert) and Bonhamur (B&B Hotel) successfully left and soon led the main group by more than 1 minute, and Swift (Akai-Sansik) alone One person chased between the two groups.
Soon, Swift caught up with the five people in front, and the main group slackened. The time gap between the two groups quickly rose to three and a half minutes. In the second 4th grade climb, Danny Van Popper took the lead to cross the line. Won 1 point. In front of the main group, the Oberzin-Phoenix Team and Dekunik-Quickstep Team each sent a driver to control the pace of the race. They must save their energy for their main players-Vander Poor and Ala Philippe, and prepare for the final battle. .
The competition came to the slightly more difficult level 3 climbing. Perez and Sihailin attacked and passed the climbing points successively to get 2 points and 1 point for climbing points respectively. For a long time, the Dekunik-Quickstep team continued to lead the ride, followed by the Ineos and Emirates team, and each team was cautiously protecting its own main driver.
In the forthcoming third level 4 climb, Sihailin attacked and left, won the climb points, and led the breakout group for 55 seconds in the last 80km, and opened the solo mode. In the final 66km of the race, the Emirates Airline team led the main group to recover the remaining five breakout drivers, and only Sihailin was left in the front who insisted on breaking through, leading the main group by 2 minutes and 45 seconds.
Sihailin successfully passed the sprint point on the way, the main group behind began to accelerate, and all the sprint teams came to the front of the group, ready to grab the remaining sprint points. Arriving at the sprint point on the way, the Lotto-speed Olympic team was at the forefront and launched the small steel cannon Euan. Sagan and Matthews followed closely, Van der Poole, Cavendish, and Gry. Pell and others did not participate in the sprint. In such a small-scale sprint battle, Euan, Sagan, and Matthews in the front all retained their reservations. After passing through the sprint points in turn, they quickly returned to the main group.
Sihailin was in a good mood and passed the fourth level 4 climbing point solo. The main group then arrived, speeding up slightly on the downhill section, and the narrow road was crowded with drivers. But at this moment, a car fan on the side of the road invaded the track holding a card. Tony Martin (Jembo Wismar) was unable to avoid it. After the crash, a chain reaction was triggered. The big group crashed and nearly 60 drivers fell to the ground. , The scene was chaotic.
This stupid car fan caused heavy losses to the main group. The driver was injured and the equipment was damaged. I hope he (she) can be severely punished. De Cournik-Quickstep team was not affected much, slowing down the pace of the group and waiting for the lagging drivers. At this time, in the rear of the group, Van Alt, Sagan, Lopez, Colbrelli and others were struggling to catch up, Tony Martin chased after injury, and Xu Telin (DSM) regretted to retire.
The race entered the final 35km, the main group gradually recovered, and the Dekunik-Quickstep team began to lead the acceleration, 1 minute and 30 seconds behind Schhailin. The lagging drivers gradually returned to the main group, and the fast-trotting team struggled to lead the ride. In the last 28km, the team ended the breakout trip of Schhailin, and the teams began to line up.
The Ineos team led the main group into the last 10km, the Jumbo Wismar, De Cournik-Quickstep and other teams also came to the front, and the big group entered the last 8km in a mighty manner. The drivers still had lingering fears about the crash of the previous group, but before everyone recovered, there was another large-scale crash on the right rear of the group. More than 40 people fell to the ground, including Froome (the innovative country of Israel), long after falling to the ground. Can't get up.
The De Cournik-Quickstep team in front of the group was very lucky. The two crashes hardly affected this "wolf pack" team. They took Ara Philippe and started to accelerate frantically. The last 3km is the last level 3 climb of this stage. Van der Poor, Van Alt, Corbrelli, Matthews and others are in front of the group, waiting for the final blow.
In the last 2.3km, Ara Philippe gave it a go and flew away, swiftly accelerating so that everyone was stunned. Latour (Total Energy) responded quickly, Rogridge and Bogacha cooperated in the pursuit, and Van der Poor followed the two Slovenians. In the last 1km, the chasing group had more than enough heart but not enough energy. Ala Philippe got more and more courageous, and left the small group far behind and galloped towards the finish line.
The effort paid off. Ara Philippe took the lead to cross the line with an 8-second advantage. A French driver wore a world championship shirt to win the first stage, and the audience was excited. Matthews crossed the line second, Rogridge was third, and Bogacha, who was in the same group, finished sixth.
After the end of the stage, Alafilipe put on the yellow jersey as he wished, and at the same time received the green jersey for the sprint. Schheling won the climbing polka dot jersey and stage daredevil awards, and Bogacha won the best young driver white jersey.