Team Ineos surprised - attack in the wind - sport
Insignificant tour stage, big impact: On the drive to Albi Team Ineos surprised the competitors for the overall victory. But the Ravensburger Emanuel Buchmann can follow and is now in fifth place.
It was just 35 kilometers to the finish, as the team Ineos pushed the last year's winner Geraint Thomas and the Colombian Egan Bernal closed on the pace. Partly violent side wind prevailed in this phase, they wanted to exploit for a surprise attack. And when the race ended just 40 minutes later with the sprint victory of the Belgian Wout van Aert (Jumbo), this plan had also worked out. Ironically, on this inconspicuously approaching flat stage from Saint-Flour to Albi lost on Monday, many competitors class a lot of time.
It was particularly bad for the previous overall fourth George Bennett (New Zealand / Jumbo), who lost almost ten minutes. But the Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, the Dane Jakob Fuglsang, the Colombian Rigoberto Uran and the Australian Richie Porte proudly lost 1:40 minutes to the leading group around Thomas and Bernal, who pushed into the overall standings on the second and third place. "This is very disappointing," said Pinot, who had previously driven a strong tour and had fed hopes of his first host victory on the tour since 1985.
In the overall classification continues the Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step). The Ravensburger Emanuel Buchmann (Bora) kept up with the attack of the Ineos team and advanced to fifth place. "At the moment it looks pretty good," said Buchmann. On Tuesday, the first rest day of this year's Tour de France will be entered, followed by a flat stage, before the end of the week with the first sections through the Pyrenees and the individual time trial in the fight for the overall standings will be really serious.