SAINT-LARY SOULAN-the urge to venture, the pride of wanting to put the yellow Jersey ahead of all rivals in Paris. Vincenzo Nibali administers not being not at the window watching Pinot and Bardet you Peck as a henhouse cockerels. Could do it, but Valverde lose ground, ‘ les enfants ‘ does not hold. And then the shark bites, captures another gem: 14 days in yellow, as Gastone Nencini. Among many emerging, the only French who holds the wheel is the old Peraud, but this is relative. The absolute is yet another body blow to a Tour lived longer by tyrant who dominates. Just missing the stage victory, but considered the tactical games a step of this kind, it is a detail. Rafa-Encore comes Majka, and Polish of the Tinkoff-extraordinary team reaction after Contador’s package-it is the second career success, and both in the Tour. Majka consolidates the leader’s Jersey of the mountain, and those are the only tiny dots neo to a day that Sicily would be legendary. Giovanni Visconti, another island in the group, almost repeating the feat of last year’s Tour on the Galibier. The energies are nicer, but the second place on a day like this is luxury stuff. Â Therefore the second Pyrenean does not betray. It is the most difficult stage of the Tour. Col du Portillon, between Peyresourde, Val Louron-Azet Hors Categorie finish to Saint-Lary Soulan in the last 75 km there are 40 up very often. To this must be added a fix in addition: it is a stage of just 123 km length, which can be very disgusting when there is unevenness. It teaches that almost infallible teacher that is the history of cycling: in 1982, a hamlet of just 85 miles with arrival in Montecampione, Bernard Hinault Silvano Contini shooting a ride that just 24 hours earlier looked wrecked. And there is history galore along the route of the Pyrenees. It starts from Saint Gaudens: Louison Bobet in 1955 from here moved to his third consecutive Tour, then absolute primacy. But even the arrival is not trivial. Suffice it to say that the first time the Tour we came, the Lord according to Raymond Poulidor, now his former club won its sixth and last leg in the Grande Boucle, creating problems nothing less than to Eddy Merckx. Translated: if it has hurt the Cannibal, the ascent can deal with anyone. Tactically the race develops in areas, but relentlessly. Just think of the 53 miles of media unleashed on the Plains. Many attackers. There are those who try to win the stage like Visconti or that Vasil Kiriyenka specialist in tapponi, but this time without petrol when needed. There are those who fight for the polka dot Jersey and beyond (Rodriguez and Majka), who fight to the finish (Mollema, van den Broeck, Frank Schleck). In addition, there is the question mark, Jakub Fuglsang, Vincenzo Nibali man allowed to temporarily leave the Commons of the captain: the answer comes soon, in fact the Danish when the game gets serious just can’t anymore, nor as a striker or as a point of support. The 64th onslaught of history at Peyresourde highlights the willingness of Alejandro Valverde offensive: the Movistar Asturian never fail to participate in actions that movimentino the situation. Col de Val Louron-Azet comes the first real big group selection. The FDJ. fr for Pinot, the AG2R for Bardet, force a lot. The result is that Nibali is one Lieutenant, Kangert. On the hairpin curves of the descent that follows, Bardet anticipates and goes back to the podium. Nibali actually cares more for a curve taken ill that provides all a long shudder, while Pinot, called upon to react to the friend-enemy, view those downward limits that make up its Achilles heel. To -9 the first place. Visconti square his strengths: sprinting, not trying to surprise Roche, Rolland, AmaÃ«l-tread with him-suddenly, but li off starting from the first position. It would seem the right action, it would be if there were no Majka and. , Meanwhile behind Nibali breaks the ADO, shows its superiority. Valverde appears to go adrift but with class defends second place, while between Pinot and now you go on Bardet thread of seconds. In short, tight fight for the podium, but not for the top step. Paris nears. .
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