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Tour de France - The favorites spark a Sog - Sport


  • The 14th stage of the Tour de France shakes up the classification.
  • Last year's winner Geraint Thomas is hit hard. Julian Alaphilippe defends the yellow jersey in Thibaut Pinot's day win.
  • Emanuel Buchmann ranks fourth and raises great expectations.
From Johannes Knuth, La Mongie

Emanuel Buchmann let himself fall to the end of the group, he wanted to see his competitors in front of him, who still seemed relaxed, who had already heavy legs. He wriggled back in case anyone would attack. But no one dared to go all the way, the pace was still murderous - that's how it has been for 19 kilometers, which tormented the field up the Tourmalet. And then, when the now very small ensemble of favorites increasingly pulled apart like a rubber band - then Buchmann put a jolt, which brought the tape to tearing. He jumped a few feet away, looked around, tapped the pace again, looked back over his shoulder.

Thibaut Pinot was still there, the strong Frenchman. His compatriot Julian Alaphilippe, wearer of the yellow jersey. Egan Bernal, the young Colombian from Team Ineos, Steven Kruijswijk, the Dutch from Jumbo-Visma and Mikel Landa from Movistar. But that's it. And even more remarkable was who just left the forces, as if they had put a coat of lead over him: Geraint Thomas, the previous year's winner, also Ineos. And although Buchmann sprinted in vain for the day's victory shortly afterwards - his fourth place, before many favorites of this 106th Tour de France, consolidated what had already gained in the first half of the race ever greater certainty: The 25-year-old Ravensburger has it has made himself comfortable in the "absolute world class", as his team boss Ralph Denk later said, sparkling with pride.

Cycling For the long passes in thin air

For the long passes in thin air

Emanuel Buchmann is the best German in the general classification and has the stature of a climber. In the mountain stages of the Tour de France he could become a big climber.By Johannes Knuth

The 14th stage on Saturday was supposed to shake up the classification of this tour for the first time, and in the end, the favorites actually sparked a pull that has not packed this tour for years. Last year's winner: hit hard. His helpers: not as strong and reliable on the side of their captain as in previous years, when the British won the tour six times. At the top, at the 2115 meter high Tourmalet: Pinot, whose FDJ team had driven the pace this time into more absurd spheres, and who won just before Alaphilippe, behind Kruijswijk and Buchmann. Alaphilippe is now even two minutes ahead of Thomas and Bernal, just over three ahead of Buchmann, who shares his fifth place with Pinot. And so Saturday also revealed a question that is now as crazy as it is appropriate: Can Alaphilippe, who has never submitted an application for the classification of a tour, immediately win the hardest exam of his sport? As the first Frenchman since 1985?

The euphoria of the hosts had already reached a first boiling point on Friday evening, after the individual time trial in the heat of Pau. Alaphilippe simply could not be shaken off, as he had kept the favorites in check on the steep ramps of the Vosges. He was always better in the split times than Thomas, the most defensive time driver among the favorites, and when he turned on the last, poisonous slope, where the fans roared so loud that his eardrum almost burst, as later claimed by Alaphilippe - he tore the stage victory finally.

The victory in the time trial?

Alaphilippe is actually an expert on the one-day classics, with their crisp but not too long climbs. In this terrain he had last shown an outstanding spring, especially in his triumph at Milan - San Remo. Only: The necessary explosiveness is actually difficult to reconcile with what it takes for the time trial and the long mountain passes. Endurance, above all, monotonous pedaling in the saddle, for almost an hour. No specialty of the 27-year-old. But had not one made similar claims before the time trial? "If Alaphilippe does not lose time on the Tourmalet," Nicolas Portal, Sports Director of Ineos, said on Friday, "we'll have to start worrying."


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