2021 Tour de France S7: Trek and climb hills! Mohoric climbed to the top
On July 2, the seventh stage of the Tour de France ended. Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) bravely attacked before the arrival of the climb, captured all the climbing points of this stage, flew solo across the line, and won his first Tour de France championship.
The seventh stage will be a long day with a total length of nearly 250km. Although it is officially marked as an ups and downs stage, the difficulty of this stage is relatively high. The terrain is flat in the first half, and the climb gradually increases after entering the mountains in the second half. In this stage, the breakout group has a great chance of winning. They can use the second half of the climb to establish a relatively stable advantage and try to win the stage. For total cyclists, the next two mountain stages are the highlight, but they may use all possible conditions to expand their advantages. Sprint cyclists may return to the group after passing the sprint point on the way. This stage is really not easy for them. However, in the first few days, the sprinter has had enough opportunities to show himself, and it is time to let the stage out.
▲Look at the supplies brought by Mark Cavendish, you know how terrible this stage is
The intensity of this stage was beyond imagination. As soon as the neutral riding was over, Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka Assos) launched an attack and was quickly swallowed by the crazy main group. At the start of the race 10km, the former world champion Mads Pedersen (Trek–Segafredo) failed to attack, and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo–Visma) also rushed to the front of the group to look for opportunities. The main group seemed complete, but in fact undercurrents were surging. Own little abacus.
Half an hour before the race, the main group pulled out an average speed of 55km/h against the wind. Many cyclists had already broken out and the offensive continued. Wout Van Aert took advantage of the forked road to launch a wave of onslaught. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) in a yellow jersey quickly followed. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) did not miss this opportunity to break through. Small groups of people were formed, but they were quickly recovered by the main group.
Wout Van Aert did not give up and continued to attack after making some adjustments. At the start of the race, he pulled out a 29-man group. The UAE Team Emirates team led the team to chase from the rear. They could not tolerate the front cyclist posing a threat to Tadej Pogacar's total score. At this time, the leading group of 29 people ahead includes Wout Van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel, Dylan van Baarle (Ineos Grenadiers), Vincenzo Nibali, Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Kasper Asgreen, Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Philippe Gilbert , Brent Van Moer (Lotto Soudal), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious), Simon Yates (BikeExchange), Victor Campenaerts and other cyclists, are strong and gather big names. The UAE Team Emirates team desperately caught up, but was still losing time. After the start of 70km, the time gap between the two groups rose to 3 minutes and 15 seconds.
The so-called enemy of the enemy is a friend. The cyclists have already seen the terrifying power of Tadej Pogacar in the previous ITT stage. Today, it seems that they have reached a consensus to focus their firepower on the UAE Team Emirates team. In the leading group, Mark Cavendish will compete for sprint points on the way with the help of his teammates. Since then, the continuous climbing battle is the stage for the total score cyclists. If the competition continues at this pace, Wout Van Aert, Kasper Asgreen, Vincenzo Nibali and others will all exceed Tadej Pogacar's total scores. Whether the UAE Team Emirates can turn the tide and recover the powerful enemy ahead, let us wait and see.
The leading group is getting more and more courageous. The pursuit group led by UAE Team Emirates has fallen far behind, and the Jumbo-Visma and Ineos Grenadiers teams of the same group are not willing to help in the pursuit. The UAE Team Emirates team has few enemies, but they have no way of retreating, they can only clenched their teeth and held on.
On the way to the sprint point, Mark Cavendish easily scored 20 points, leading the sprint points to 66 points. Mark Cavendish was left behind for a short time after completing the task, and soon he chased him back. He needs to stay in a relatively safe leading group to minimize the loss of time at the end of the game and avoid being closed. At 115km from the finish line, the time gap between the two groups reached 5 minutes and 10 seconds, and Ruben Guerreiro (EF Education-Nippo) in the leading group fell behind.
▲The UAE Team Emirates team struggles to pursue
▲Ide Schelling stayed honestly in the pursuit group today
▲28 people lead the group into the last 90km, the time gap reached 6 minutes 40 seconds, and it is still rising
The race came to the first level 3 climb, Mathieu van der Poel began to speed up the first group leader, but he did not have the will to compete for the climb point. Brent Van Moer and Matej Mohoric attacked decisively before the climb point arrived. Among them, Matej Mohoric was even better, winning 2 points for the climb point and Brent Van Moer grabbing 1 point. In the subsequent downhill section, Brent Van Moer and Matej Mohoric took advantage of the situation, established a weak lead, and galloped towards the next level 4 climbing point.
▲UAE Team Emirates speeded up the pace of the lead during the climb. In the last 72km, Brent Van Moer and Matej Mohoric lead the group behind by 1 minute and lead the main group by 6 minutes and 20 seconds
Matej Mohoric was the first to pass the 4th grade. Mark Cavendish was still in the yellow jersey group, while Christopher Froome in the main group suffered a mechanical failure and was left behind. In the downhill section, Vincenzo Nibali speeded up and left. He wanted to use his downhill technique to widen the gap, but he was led by Mathieu van der Poel to recover. Coming to the third climb in the game, Jasper Stuyven and Victor Campenaerts attacked, speeding up the rhythm of the yellow jersey group, Mark Cavendish completed the task and left behind.
In the last 46km, Jasper Stuyven and Victor Campenaerts caught up with Brent Van Moer and Matej Mohoric ahead. The four led the Yellow Jersey Group by 1 minute and 10 seconds and the Main Group by 7 minutes and 30 seconds. Soon after, Victor Campenaerts fell behind, the Yellow Jersey Group began to reduce its staff, and the rear Total Direct Energie team also participated in the chase of the leader. Matej Mohoric performed well, and took the lead to pass the level 3 climbing point. Only Wout Van Aert, Vincenzo Nibali, Kasper Asgreen, Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mathieu van der Poel, Søren Kragh Andersen (DSM), Simon were left in the Yellow Jersey Group. Ten people including Yates and Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels). In the main group, Christopher Froome, Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) and others are left behind.
The race is about to enter the steepest level 2 climbing, with a total length of 5.7km, an average gradient of 5.7%, and a maximum gradient of 18%. In addition, the first cyclist to pass the level 2 climbing point will receive an 8-second subtraction reward. The total score is very important for cyclists.
In the last 23km, the Huangshan Group rebounded to more than 20 people, and the main group was 7 minutes behind the leading cyclist. In the last 21km, Patrick Konrad flew away solo, chasing Matej Mohoric, Brent Van Moer and Jasper Stuyven ahead alone, while the cyclists in the Yellow Jersey Group have been staring at each other, not letting anyone, waiting for the best. Timing of the offense. With 1km away from the climbing point, Matej Mohoric flew solo to attack the slope, and the Yellow Jersey Group began to fall apart.
Wearing a Slovenian national championship jersey, Matej Mohoric successfully passed the level 2 climbing point and surpassed Ide Schelling in climbing points. He will wear a climbing polka dot jersey after the game. In the main group, Pierre Latour (Total Direct Energie) was the first to attack and set up the climbing rhythm. Primož Roglič fell behind. He lost his teammate and was injured. In the last 14km, Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) launched a powerful attack, leaving other cyclists far away and entering the downhill section through the climbing point.
In the long and difficult climbing section, there were constant scuffles on the field. Matej Mohoric flew solo through the last level 4 climbing point, so far he has won all the climbing points of this stage, and the polka dot jersey deserves his name. In the last 8km, Wout Van Aert, who was 30 seconds behind in total, finally attacked. Only Mathieu van der Poel responded quickly. The two threw off the other cyclists and launched a one-on-one duel.
In the last 3km, Richard Carapaz caught up with Dylan van Baarle, who was on standby, and began to work hard to reduce the time gap. Matej Mohoric entered the final 5km with a 1:30 advantage.
In the end, Matej Mohoric lived up to expectations, enjoying the cheers of the audience before the finish line, and ushered in his first Tour de France victory. Jasper Stuyven trailed by 1 minute and 20 seconds and finished second in the stage. Magnus Cort (EF Education-Nippo) added strength in the small group sprint and rushed to third in the stage. Mathieu van der Poel crossed the line fourth, Kasper Asgreen fifth, and Wout Van Aert eighth. Richard Carapaz was overtaken by the Total Direct Energie team before the finish line.
After the stage, Mathieu van der Poel guarded the lead yellow jersey, and Wout Van Aert's overall score rose to second. Mark Cavendish expanded the lead of the sprint green jersey; Tadej Pogacar trailed by 3 minutes and 43 seconds, and continued to wear the best young cyclist white jersey; Matej Mohoric became the new hill-climbing polka-dot jersey owner and also won the stage Combativity award.