rampe en terre, robes blanches et « UK Postal »

rampe en terre, robes blanches et « UK Postal »

Today’s stage: Tomblaine-La Super Planche des Belles Filles (176.3 kilometres)

Make way for the first arrival at the top of this 2022 edition of the Tour de France. After climbing two passes of 3e category during the stage, the riders will battle for victory on the Super Planche des Belles Filles climb (7 kilometers at 8.7%, classified in 1re category), an ascent that Thibaut Pinot knows ” by heart “. “The foot is very brutal. From the first ramp, we know if we are good or not. Impossible to hide »swears the runner from Franche-Comté.

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The highlight of the show will therefore be this “super plank”, a final dirt ramp of just over a kilometer which extends that of the Planche des Belles Filles, with passages at more than 20%. In 2019, Belgian Dylan Teuns won there after a breakaway. In its short but already rich history on the Grande Boucle, the Vosges climb has consecrated several future winners of the Tour: the Briton Christopher Froome (in 2012, a year before his first coronation), the Italian Vincenzo Nibali (in 2014) and of course Tadej Pogacar (in 2020).

The predictions

THE REASON

And Tadej Pogacar flew over the Tour last year, his first victory, in 2020, was drawn to everyone’s surprise on the brutal slopes of the Planche des Belles Filles, during the penultimate stage. At the end of a memorable time trial, the Slovenian had dispossessed his compatriot Primoz Roglic of the yellow jersey. Two years later, the outgoing double winner has the opportunity to knock out (a little more) the competition from the first arrival in the mountains.

THE HEART

If he only had to win one stage, it would be this one. Thibaut Pinot dreams of winning at the top of the Super Planche des Belles Filles, he from Haut-Saônois. “I have already won in places like the Tourmalet [en 2019] or Alpe d’Huez [en 2015]which are legendary, but this victory would be even stronger »said the native of the region during a training outing on site. Take him to the top of a climb he climbed “more than ten times in 2022” would confirm the ascending form of the Groupama-FDJ climber.

The declared

“He played with our balls, didn’t he? »

At 22, Tom Pidckock still speaks a little green. Fourth of the 6e stage, the Briton was impressed by the number at the front of Wout van Aert… to the point of doubting he would be able to see the Belgian again in the Jumbo-Visma before the finish. Some idea of ​​race analysis.

Detour of the Tour

The Board of Beautiful Girls. Funny name for a summit, taken from a legend dating back to the XVIIe century. “One morning, during the Thirty Years War, Plancher-les-Mines was invaded by Swedish mercenaries. Under the Terror, Inès and the young girls of the neighboring village, all dressed in white dresses, would have taken refuge in the wooded mountain, near a pond.can we read on the website of the department of Haute-Saône.

The Swedish leader, overwhelmed by the beauty of Inès, ordered his men to pardon the young girls, who did not hear it so. The frightened girls would then have thrown themselves into the pond. “The young chef would then have gone to the rescue of Inès. Unfortunately, when he managed to remove the body of the young woman from the pond, it was lifeless. He then took a board, on which he inscribed, with a dagger, an epitaph in the name of Inès and the other young girls: Les Belles Filles. » The legend does not say if Thibaut Pinot has Scandinavian origins.

In the retro

On July 7, 2012, the Tour got to know the Planche des Belles Filles and Christopher Froome. In a climb sold as the Alpe d’Huez (Isère) of the Vosges, the Sky team sets the train in motion in the final climb. The day after, The team evoked “British Post” in reference to Lance Armstrong’s US Postal.

But in the British team, the locomotive is called Bradley Wiggins. At 27, Froome revealed himself with an astonishing 2e place on the recent Tour of Spain and must play Sherpas. However, it is he who plants the flag at the top with two seconds ahead of Cadel Evans and Bradley Wiggins in a last wall at 20%. “Cadel and Brad passed me, but I felt deep down that I still had a lot under the pedal. I thought, “Wait, I’m not done.” I got around the guys and gave it my all,” tells the winner of the day with real false candor.

On this 7e step, the team member understood that he was stronger than his leader in assembly and will never miss the opportunity to demonstrate it later, while being careful not to betray him. The “white Kenyan” (nickname in reference to his native country) knows it. His time will come in 2013 with the first of his four successes on the Grande Boucle.

The broom wagon

The Tour is an opportunity to meet new people. Sometimes unexpected. Wednesday evening, seated on the terrace in Valenciennes with a few French and Anglo-Saxon colleagues, we were joined by a young dark-haired man, a water-green sweater on his shoulders and a large cross around his neck, who was passing by… And what did he discover? -your ? That said young man is Slovenian, that his name is Alen Milavec, and that he is the personal photographer of… Tadej Pogacar, a young young man who is rising in cycling.

Among other anecdotes about the leader of UAE Emirates, we will remember the one on this mountain stage in 2021, where, in full ascent, “Pogi” spotted him on the side of the road, gave him a huge smile, then launched an attack in the face of the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz (Ineos-Grenadiers). And Tadej Pogacar is not only comfortable on the bike: he would also be ” breathtaking “ at Fifafootball video game.

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