At Le Grand Bornand, where Armstrong shook his hand after the finish in 2009, the Shark pays 21 ‘and comes out of the standings: now hunting for a stage in view of Tokyo
He crossed the line 41st at 21’47 ”from Dylan Teuns, who was his teammate in the days of Bahrain. And so he comes out of the standings: Vincenzo Nibali had spent a lot in the maxi-stage on Friday (250 km) which practically went on the run, he could have paid for the great effort and in fact the 36-year-old Sicilian of Trek-Segafredo detached himself on the Col de la Romme, the penultimate ascent of the eighth fraction that launched Pogacar in the yellow jersey.
It can be remembered that in 2009 the arrival of Le Grand Bornand at the Tour saw an iconic episode: in front there were the Schleck brothers with Contador, Nibali closed 4th with Armstrong 5th – they arrived together – and at the end of the stage the Texan he complimented him. “We all paid for Friday’s escape for good or bad, but it was logical”, comments the Shark after the shower, whose predictions on the eve came true. He said that Van Aert would lose minutes in the mountains and he did, he said that the number one favorite was Pogacar and the Slovenian proved him right with the facts. “He did what he wanted, just think that at the start he entered the fugue in the first person …”
On the eve of the second and last Alpine stage, the Nibali Tour (which on Friday had climbed up to sixth place in the standings) takes on the most logical aspect: to hunt for a success of the day – the last one so far dates back to the Tour of two years ago, the stage of Val Thorens – and further break in the condition in the Tokyo Olympic Games key. The online test is scheduled for July 24, six days after the conclusion of the Boucle.
July 3, 2021 (change July 3, 2021 | 19:31)
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