Another 1 km – The riders are covered in rags for the last kilometer. Who will win this mountain stage?
Another 1.5 km – Speed acceleration from Bernal! The Colombian from INEOS tests his biggest competitor Roglic by accelerating on the steepest sections of the Col de Porte. Kuss immediately closes the gap on behalf of Jumbo-Visma.
Another 2 km – All INEOS wagons have derailed and so Jumbo-Visma takes over the initiative in the peloton again, led by the American Sepp Kuss. Jumbo-Visma apparently still has nefarious plans for the last kilometers. The group is only twelve riders in size.
Another 3 km – Tom Dumoulin has to let go of the peloton. The Limburger of Jumbo-Visma apparently has a lesser day. Only Kruijswijk, Kuss and Roglic drive on behalf of the Dutch team at the front.
Another 3.5 km – Now that Geraint Thomas (INEOS) takes over the lead in the peloton, Tom Dumoulin is sinking further and further away in the peloton. The Jumbo-Visma rider rides in the last wheel of the peloton.
Another 4.5 km – The list of losers is getting longer and more impressive. Valverde (Movistar), Barguil (Arkéa) and now also Froome (INEOS) cannot keep up with Kwiatkowski’s pace.
Another 6 km – Castroviejo parks his bike on the side of the road and hands the INEOS baton to Kwiatkowski, who still has Froome, Thomas and Bernal in his wheel. The British formation is slowly increasing the pace. That leads to the release of Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), among others, who surprised friend and foe on the cols in the Tour de France last season.
Another 6.5 km – Jumbo-Visma settles behind Egan Bernal, who is the last wagon of the imposing INEOS train at the front of the pack. Steven Kruijswijk and Sepp Kuss surround leader Primoz Roglic. Tom Dumoulin seems to be having a bad day and is in the last part of the peloton.
Another 7.3 km – Leader Armirail and attacker De la Parte are over. They are caught by the peloton, which now forms the front of the race.
Another 8 km – A striking attempt by Víctor de la Parte in the peloton. The Spaniard is not exactly a high flyer when it comes to climbing, but he does attack the steep 10 percent stretch on this final climb. He doesn’t get very far, by the way. The INEOS train runs a few meters from the rider of the Polish CCC.
Another 10 km – The famous Jumbo team has to make way for the acclaimed Team INEOS train in the second part, with Dylan van Baarle as the locomotive and Egan Bernal as the last wagon. This is reminiscent of the dominance in the previous Tour editions. The British team therefore hands out a first stab to its Dutch opponent.
Another 11 km – The road goes up again in France and that means that the riders have started the heavier part of the Col de Porte. The first kilometers are still relatively easy, with gradients of 6, but at 7.5 kilometers from the line the average increases to 10 percent. That’s where it has to happen.
Another 12.5 km – The real fireworks still remain in the first kilometers of climbing the Col de Porte. The riders now descend to the second part of the col, which is a lot harder. Will the differences arise there?
Another 15 km – Bob Jungels is one of the first big names in the peloton. The Luxembourger from Deceuninck-Quick-Step, normally one of the better climbers, has already been raised the white flag, while the road is only a few kilometers up.
Another 15.5 km – Armirail leaves Schär in the first kilometers of the Col de Porte and goes solo. His run-out attempt will not take long, however, as the peloton reduces the gap to thirty seconds.
Another 16 km – Wout van Aert is also done with servants and allows himself to sag. The Belgian from Jumbo-Visma is going to lose his leader’s jersey this afternoon, but that was of course already taken into account. Now Sep Kuss is in the lead on behalf of Jumbo-Visma.
Another 17 km – Robert Gesink has completed his task as a servant and drops himself after 1 kilometer on the final climb in the peloton. Wout van Aert takes over from the experienced Varssevelder.
Another 20 km – The nervousness increases in the peloton with just 3 kilometers to go to the Col de Porte, the tough final climb of the day. Jumbo-Visma, Bahrain-McLaren and BORA-hansgrohe are fighting for the front spots in the big group.
23 km to go – Crash! An ugly fall in the peloton at the foot of the Col de Porte. EF Education First’s Sergio Higuita crashes on a traffic island and takes dozens of riders into his fall.
Another 36 km – The two front runners Schär and Armirail reach the top of the Côte Maillet and descend on their way to the final climb, the Col de Porte, which is 17.5 kilometers long. The peloton follows at 1.25.
39 km to go – Now that the peloton is slowly picking up the pace on the Côte Maillet, the leading group is also pushing harder to survive longer at the front. And that leads to a lot of losers. Two leaders remain, Michael Schär (Astana) and Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ). They have 1.36 on the peloton.
Another 41.5 km – A striking image at the front of the pack. Wout van Aert, the classification leader of Jumbo-Visma, sacrifices himself for the classification riders in his team. So it seems that after today we have a new man in the yellow jersey.
Another 45 km – Led by Jumbo-Visma, already known in the cycling world by the nickname ‘The Killer Bees’, the peloton has started the penultimate climb of the day, the Côte Maillet, a col of the first category. The climb is 6.2 kilometers long and has an average gradient of 8. Quite a sharper, so. The eight front runners are still more than two minutes ahead of the large group.
Kasper Asgreen is the fastest in the intermediate sprint. The Dane is the first to pass the measuring point and is slightly faster than fellow refugees Armirail and Soupe. The leading group now takes almost three minutes on the peloton, where Jumbo-Visma still sets the pace.
Another 116 km – The leading group takes 2.30 minutes on the peloton. That means that Fabien Doubey (Circus-Wanty Gober) is currently virtually in the yellow jersey. The Frenchman finished 2.25 minutes behind stage winner Wout van Aert yesterday.