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Tour de France roundtable: Winners and losers within the GC shakeup after stage 13 – VeloNews

Tour de France roundtable: Winners and losers within the GC shakeup after stage 13 – VeloNews

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After a quiet few days within the Tour de France’s GC battle, the yellow jersey contenders roared again into motion on stage 13 Friday.

The fixed climbing and heavy roads of the Massif Central dashed the prospects of French pair Guillaume Martin and Romain Bardet, and the super-steep summit end on the Puy Mary noticed Primož Roglič and Tadej Pogačar seize handfuls of seconds over their rivals. After Ineos Grenadiers did the pace-making by a lot of the ultimate hours of the race, Egan Bernal couldn’t reply to the transfer from his Slovenian rivals, dropping 38 seconds.

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In the meantime, up forward of them, Daniel Martínez had taken a surprising stage victory, outfoxing a pair of Bora-Hansgrohe riders on the ultimate climb to reward an aggressive day of racing by the group.

There’s loads to speak about, so let’s roundtable!

Did Ineos Grenadiers get it unsuitable at this time, or did Bernal simply not have the legs?

Bernal slipped to third overall.
Bernal slipped to 3rd general. Photograph: Photograph by Stuart Franklin/Getty Photographs

Fred Dreier (@freddrier): It seems like Bernal simply didn’t have the legs on the steepest sections of the climb to comply with Roglič. Credit score Ineos Grenadiers with having the legs to do some harm on the entrance within the again half of the stage. However the squad simply isn’t as robust as Jumbo-Visma, and Bernal actually appears to be a couple of watts behind Roglič, particularly on the steep stuff.

Jim Cotton (@jim_c_1985): I feel it’s largely the latter. Pogačar was remoted for a very long time, however was in a position to surf the wheels of Ineos Grenadiers first, and Jumbo-Visma after that, and nonetheless punch clear with Roglič within the closing. Jumbo-Visma turned the screw within the closing 10 kilometers however you’ll anticipate Bernal would have been in a position to disguise within the wheels and comply with Roglič and Pogačar once they broke away from the group. Is that this the glimmers of a crack? Let’s see.

Dan Cavallari (@browntiedan): Sure and sure. Now that we’re about midway by the Tour, it appears clear to me that Ineos Grenadiers doesn’t have the firepower to help Bernal’s protection of his Tour title. Bernal didn’t have the legs at this time, possible as a result of he’s not getting the help he wants all through the race. In fact, we’ve seen Sky/Ineos come flying again on the final minute earlier than, so I wouldn’t rely them out simply but.

Ought to EF Professional Biking go all-in for phases, or proceed pushing within the GC for Urán?

Daniel Martínez held off two Bora-Hansgrohe riders in the final.
Daniel Martínez held off two Bora-Hansgrohe riders within the closing. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Photographs

Dan: Not but, however I feel if Urán loses time over the following two phases it’s time to hunt phases solely. Clearly, there’s loads of expertise on the group fully able to animating phases, however with Urán a couple of minute down, GC rivalry will begin creeping away over the weekend if Urán can’t grasp with Roglič and Pogačar, significantly if Nairo Quintana continues to journey robust and Egan Bernal continues to fade.

Fred: Urán now sits in fourth place, simply 11 seconds off the rostrum. If he continues his regular driving on the Tour he’s in an ideal place to journey into third place general, ought to Bernal proceed to falter. I feel that EF’s Tour is now a rousing success after Dani Martínez’ stage win. However getting Rigo to land on the rostrum could be an unlimited, year-affirming consequence for the pink group.

Jim: EF Professional Biking confirmed at this time and in earlier phases that they’ve the expertise to go on the entrance foot and struggle within the breakaways. With the excessive mountains to return, the likes of Higuita, Martínez, and Carthy will likely be of their aspect. Nonetheless, whereas I don’t see Urán beating Bernal, Roglič, or Pogačar in a mano-a-mano battle, his group definitely doesn’t need to abandon him. All it takes is an unlucky catastrophe to happen to one of many prime three for him to maneuver as much as a podium slot. So, I say the go for a few choose phases and proceed to again Rigo. Better of each.

We noticed a shuffle within the GC with Martin and Bardet now each effectively out of rivalry – how do you see issues by Monday, after two additional robust phases this weekend?

Romain Bardet lost seven places Friday, his GC over.
Romain Bardet misplaced seven locations Friday, his GC over. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Photographs

Jim: The present prime three of Bernal, Roglič, and Pogačar will nonetheless maintain the highest slots, although not essentially in that order. I feel the principle distinction will likely be what occurs within the group of Urán, Porte, Landa, Lopez, Yates, and Quintana, at the moment fourth to ninth place. If anybody’s going to make a giant transfer in that bunch, I’d say a number of of Landa, Porte, and Lopez will claw again time on the remaining.

Fred: Martin and Bardet are actually out of the GC image, however that signifies that Landa and Porte are actually making a run on the top-5. The query is whether or not Bernal sticks round within the top-5, or if he falls out fully. On Monday I anticipate to see Roglič nonetheless in yellow with Pogačar in second, then a giant hole again to Bernal, who might lose one other minute. In the meantime, I see Landa and Porte shifting up from 8-9 into the 5-6 spot.

Dan: The French hopes for a podium appears to have been dashed but once more. Roglič and Pogačar appear to be on a special degree than everybody else, so I anticipate these gaps to open up much more after the weekend is claimed and executed. And by no means rely out Nairo; he seems robust this yr and has performed it sensible up to now. It’s trying more and more prone to me that Quintana has podium-worthy legs this yr.