Colombian ups and downs on the roof of the Tour

Miguel Angel López won in the queen stage of the Tour, the day his compatriot retired, the title holder Egan Bernal. Nairo Quintana refuses to abdicate. The Slovenes – including Roglic – more leaders than ever, impose their law on the Colombians.

A Colombian wins. Miguel Angel López wins the queen stage of the Tour de France 2020 and it is an image of Epinal that is distributed, in a race that has melted all its benchmarks. “We were above 2,000 meters, it was like in Colombia”, he declares. The climber of the Astana team, the man who pedals as much with his elbows as with his legs, attacks 2.6 kilometers from the finish at the top of the Col de la Loze, on the heights of Méribel (Savoie). Behind him, a duel ensues between Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Tadej Pogacar (Team UAE-Emirates). The first instinctively accelerates whenever the slope forces, feeling that the second wipes a very gentle fatigue. Overall, Roglic is now 57 seconds ahead of Pogacar and 1’26 ” ahead of Lopez.

A Colombian falters. Egan Bernal gives up taking the start this Wednesday morning in Grenoble. This is the first time since 2012 that a winner of the Tour de France has failed to defend his chances in the mountains. The first time since 2012 that Team Ineos, ex-Team Sky, has failed in its conquests. Sunday, Bernal had collapsed in the Grand-Colombier (Ain): “I wasted three years of my life.” He complains of back pain “Which migrated to the knee”. Sequelae of one or more open wounds before the Tour. A press release from his team makes him say: “I’m already looking forward to coming back for the next few years.” For the time being, Team Ineos has found no replacement for him. Its climber Richard Carapaz was caught three kilometers from the finish Wednesday when he was alone in the lead.

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A Colombian hangs on.Nairo Quintana refuses to give in on this climbing wall of the Tour de France where he still seemed able to create the feat ten days ago. Could he hope for more than a place on the podium (it would have been his fourth time)? The leader of the French team Arkéa-Samsic also fell a lot. In the spring in his country. On this Tour, three times. On Friday, on the road to Puy-Mary (Cantal), it capsized in a ditch which absorbed the shock but covered it with nettles. His skin is on fire and he would like to scratch his blood. Quintana is the archetype of the rider crushed by this 2020 Tour de France. Like him, a hundred have fallen, more or less chewed, scratched, broken. “It was one of the worst days of my life, says Quintana at the top of the Loze. I was behind, I suffered a lot. It is pride that drives me. I want to see Paris on Sunday. ”

Pierre Carrey special correspondent on the Tour de France

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