Tour de France: Quintana wins, Bernal catching up - Sport
The Colombian wins the queen stage as a soloist. Ineos driver Egan Bernal succeeds in the battle for the yellow jersey - the German driver Emanuel Buchmann masters the difficult test.
At the Colombian Festival at the Col du Galibier, Emanuel Buchmann passed another final exam with flying colors. The 26-year-old Ravensburger finished on the 18th stage on the 18th stage after Valloire with most favorites and may continue to dream of the podium at the Tour de France. Only Egan Bernal took a valuable 32 seconds in the fight for the overall victory and contributed to a real Colombian cycling holiday: The stage win went to compatriot Nairo Quintana, who reported after outstanding solo trip back in the fight for the Tour victory ,
In the first and heaviest part of the Alpine trilogy Ineos had long provided for a moderate pace and controlled the field, before initially Bernal and later also last year champion Geraint Thomas competed. The Welshman was put back by the pursuers around Buchmann but before the Galibier summit.
In the yellow jersey continues to remain France's crowd pleaser Julian Alaphilippe, who was indeed distanced in the final climb, the time in the exit but drove back easily. Quintana's victory was clear, with Romain Bardet and Alexey Lutsenko finishing second and third respectively. The German Lennard Kämna finished fourth.
In the overall standings Buchmann continues to rank sixth, his gap to Alaphilippe is still 2:14 minutes. The big attack fireworks remained in spite of Bernal Soloritt on the final Galibier kilometers still out. The 22-year-old is new second, his teammate Thomas continues to occupy third place.
Two serious tests are still in the Alps
Already at the Col d'Izoard, also a mountain of the highest category, the elimination race of the best climbers had begun. Thomas, Buchmann and Co. lost at the high speed of Movistar helpers for helpers, on the hunt for a breakaway group around Quintana, Bardet and Kämna remained at 2360 meters altitude only about 15 riders left. At the Galibier, the expected final of the favorites then stayed long, before Bernal was the first one dared but something and promptly rewarded.
With the king's stage, however, only a third of the alpine climbing is done. On Friday and Saturday are two shorter cuts on the program, this is also mountain arrivals. "You have to go full throttle three times now, these are the decisive stages," Buchmann had announced. His main assistant, Gregor Mühlberger, said: "Emanuel is unimaginably strong, it is very much in it."
On the way to Tignes and especially to Val Thorens in the next two days, any tactics will be over, as equal to several contenders with a single attack the triumph at the largest and most important cycling race in the world can carry off. "I think Saturday is the showdown," said Buchmann. On the final stage to Paris on Sunday is traditionally not attacked.