This is the queen stage of the Alps, the one that could give an even more precise idea of the podium at the finish in Paris this Sunday. This Wednesday at the end of 170 km, the surviving runners set off from Grenoble to join the terrible and unprecedented Col de la Loze (outside the 2304 m category) above Méribel. “It will be beautiful to watch on TV,” promised the yellow jersey Primoz Roglic (Jumbo).
Before the Loze, the Col de la Madeleine (out of category), between the Tarentaise and Maurienne valleys, will be on the menu. Will the Jumbo team be able to set a hell of a pace to prevent any attack?
5:21 pm Rogic made up time on Pogacar. The yellow jersey, 2nd on the stage behind Lopez, left his compatriot Pogacar, 3rd In the general classification, Roglic is now 57 seconds ahead of Pogacar. Lopez is, 3rd, at 1’26 ”. Colombian Uran left the podium losing 3 places (6th). Good operation, however, for Richie Porte, who gained two places (4th). First French of the stage (14th) Guillaume Martin who hung on after being left behind, remains close to the Top 10 (11th) in the general classification.
5:20 p.m. Lopez’s victory. The Colombian from Astana won at the top of the Loze pass after a final which kept all its promises. Miguel Angel Lopez takes the third step of the podium. A nice birthday present for his manager Alexandre Vinokourov who was celebrating his 47 years.
5:14 pm Roglic is ahead of Pogacar. Well led by Kuss, the yellow jersey has left behind his rival and Slovenian friend Pogacar.
5:12 pm Lopez in front. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) started at 2.2 km from the finish.
5:10 pm Carapaz resumed. The Ecuadorian Inéos is caught 3 km from the finish by five riders: Roglic, Kuss, Porte, Lopez and Mas.
17 h 05. Landa ace. The leader of Bahrain had made his team work all day. But he was dropped by the group of favorites 4 km from the finish.
17 hours. Carapaz resists. The last winner of the Giro is still in the lead. He even increased his lead a little, 42 ” ahead at 5 km from the top of the Col de la Loze.
4:50 p.m. Carapaz is alone in front. The great explanation will begin. 8 km from the finish, Carapaz is only 18 ” ahead of the yellow jersey group where Guillaume Martin, 11th overall was dropped.
4:40 p.m. It’s over for Alaphilippe. At 12.5 km from the finish, Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Gorka Izagirre (Astana) left Julian Alaphilippe behind. The duo are 50 ” ahead of the peloton which has taken over Alaphilippe
4:30 pm Two minutes early for the top trio. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step) Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Gorka Izagirre (Astana) begin the ascent of the Loze pass in five kilometers. The gap is two minutes ahead with the peloton still led by Bahrain, Mikel Landa’s team.
4:15 p.m. Let’s go to the Loze pass. The three breakaways begin the ascent of the Col de la Loze at 21.5 km from the finish.
4:05 p.m. 2’20 ” ahead for the top trio. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step) Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Gorka Izagirre (Astana) are preparing to tackle the Loze pass in five kilometers. The trio are 2’20 ” ahead of the peloton.
16 hours. The President of the Republic on the run. Emmanuel Macron follows Julian Alaphilippe and escapes them in the race management car.
3:35 p.m. Alaphilippe makes the descent. Julian Alaphilippe took a little lead in the descent of the Col de la Madeleine. The gap goes up, now more than two minutes, on the yellow jersey peloton, 50 km from the finish.
3:25 p.m. Pocagar virtual polka dot jersey. Fifth at the top of the Col de la Madeleine, Tadej Pogacar (UAE) scores 8 points. A total which allows the Slovenian, already 2nd overall and wearing the best young rider’s white jersey, to virtually take the lead in the mountain standings. The polka-dot jersey has been on the shoulders of Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R-la-Mondiale) since stage 3. Despite a good stage, the Normand will lose his jersey.
15 h 23. Carapaz takes the lead at the Madeleine. It is Richard Carapaz who crosses the top of the Col de la Madeleine in the lead. He scores 20 points for the mountain classification. The peloton is 1’24 ” from the four leading men.
Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Gorka Izagirre (Astana) and Dan Martin
3:05 p.m. The gap continues to decline. The four leading men are only 2’55 ” ahead, 6 km from the summit of La Madeleine, on the yellow jersey peloton still led by the Bahrain team.
2:49 p.m. The Bahrain-McLarens are leading the hunt. The peloton is led by the colorful jerseys of the Bahrain-McLaren team.
2:42 p.m. The advance melts. At 12.8 km from the top of the Madeleine, the breakaways are only 3 minutes 40 seconds ahead of the peloton. The leading men are now only four because the hero of yesterday Lennard Kämna (Bohra) has been won.
2:40 p.m. Quintana let go. France Télévisions announces that Nairo Quintana (Arkea) is already in the hard and cannot keep pace with the peloton.
2:37 p.m. It gets stuck. The five escaped have already conceded a minute on the peloton.
2:35 p.m. At high altitude. The Madeleine and Loze passes are the only two at more than 2000 m on the program of this Tour de France 2020.
2:30 p.m. A first sequence on the cleat. The first 80 kilometers of the stage in the plain were swallowed at an average speed of 48.3 km / h according to the Twitter account @letourdata.
2:17 p.m. Soon at the foot of the Madeleine. The five leading men will arrive at the foot of the first big difficulty of the day, the Col de la Madeleine (out of category, 17.1 km of ascent and an average gradient of 8.4%). They are now six minutes ahead of the peloton.
2:15 p.m. The Jumbo team is in control. Show of strength at the head of the peloton with the Dutch formation whose eight members are at the forefront.
13:50. Five minutes ahead for the five escaped.
1:20 p.m. The breakaway sets in. Before the sprint for the green jersey in La Rochette, the five breakaways took their distance with 2 minutes ahead of a peloton where the Jumbo team was in control.
1:07 p.m. Five men in the lead. Alaphilippe accelerates and takes in his wheel the winner of the day before Lennard Kämna (Bohra), Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Gorka Izagirre (Astana) and Dan Martin (ISN). They are 25 seconds ahead.
12h58. De Gendt repris. On the other hand, a group of breakaways caught up with the Belgian from Gendt and was 30 seconds ahead of the peloton. In this group of 21 riders among others: Alaphilippe, Van Avermaet, Carapaz, Naesen, Chérel, Grossschartner and two Ineos-Grenaders, Richard Carapaz and Luke Rowe.
12:50. Only Thomas De Gendt insists. The Lotto-Soudal rider sets a hellish pace (51.8 km / h according to the data provider NTT) and released all the breakaways which were taken back by the peloton.
12:47. Stefan Küng did not take the start. Besides Egan Bernal, it should be noted that the Swiss rider of the groupama-FDJ tricolor team decided to leave the race this Wednesday morning.
12:41. Already three escaped. Thomas De Gendt, Krists Neilands and Pierre-Luc Périchon took to the chase from the first hectometers.
12h10. Quintana is not far behind. Before setting off for a stage that promises to be daunting, the leader of the French formation Arkea, the Colombian Nairo Quintana confided on the starting podium. “The finish (of the stage) is spectacular and I will surely suffer because I am not 100% after my falls. I’m not going to have too much fun. It won’t be fun! “
12 hours. “The pass of the 21st century”. Baptized by the director of the race Thierry Gouvenou, the Loze pass “will be a matter of lightweights, with punch, capable of constantly changing pace”. The road, opened last year, has only been used once in competition, during the Tour de l’Avenir 2019.