Race report

Fast paced final day in the mountains

Tour de France

Photo Credit: Cor Vos

Today saw the peloton take on the final day in the mountain’s and the shortest open road stage of this year’s Tour de France with 130 kilometres from Pau to the summit finish atop Luz Ardiden on the menu, plus a passage of the famous Col du Tourmalet to contend with too.

With flatter, more rolling roads in the beginning of the stage it was an intense start to the afternoon as riders looked to make the day’s breakaway. Like yesterday, Mark Donovan and Joris Nieuwenhuis were particularly active for the team, attempting to infiltrate any large attacks. Yet, only a five rider group escaped and with the peloton holding the gap at under two minutes, it soon became clear that the GC riders would fight it out for the stage win. On the ascent of the Col du Tourmalet a strong pace was set and the peloton whittled down drastically, which continued for the rest of the day. All of the team found themselves in groups that they were comfortable in and rode together to the finish, conserving as much energy as possible; reaching the summit of the final climb safely and within the time limit.

Team DSM coach Luke Roberts said: “We had hoped to put Mark into a group today to fly the flag for us out front. He was in a good move in the beginning but the peloton kept the pace on and brought them back, and in the end it was only a five rider group that got away. They only got a small gap though and the bunch kept the pace high pretty much all day on what was a short stage. Once we hit the Tourmalet it was clear it would be a race for the GC guys, and we just rode conservatively to the finish line with an eye on tomorrow.” 

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates 3:33:45 120
2 VINGEGAARD Jonas Team Jumbo-Visma 0:02 50
3 CARAPAZ Richard INEOS Grenadiers ,, 25
99 DONOVAN Mark Team DSM 23:13 -
113 PEDERSEN Casper Team DSM ,, -
120 EEKHOFF Nils Team DSM 25:03 -
124 NIEUWENHUIS Joris Team DSM 27:36 -
139 BOL Cees Team DSM 29:35 -