Race report

Steep slopes of Col de la Loze see GC riders fight for stage honours

Tour de France

The queen stage of the race awaited for the peloton as they rolled out of the start town of Grenoble this afternoon, with two brutally difficult climbs including the brand new summit finish of Col de la Loze on the route. Before reaching the opening climb of Col de la Madeleine, a fierce pace was set in the peloton as a flurry of attacks flew from the bunch.

As on every stage so far the team were very attentive and infiltrated any large and potentially race winning breakaway, with Cees Bol, Nikias Arndt and Søren Kragh Andersen all active at points throughout the opening 20 kilometres. However, the elastic soon snapped and a five rider group forged clear.

With the bunch being controlled behind, the team focused on getting through the stage and conserving as much energy as is possible in a Tour de France mountain stage, with their eye on future stages. In the end the GC riders fought it out for stage glory, with all Team Sunweb riders crossing the line well within the time cut.

Speaking after the stage Team Sunweb coach Matt Winston said: “Today we looked to just come through the stage in a good way. With two really hard climbs we wanted to protect our guys, ready for the coming stages. The guys looked towards the bigger breakaways but it was only a small group that went clear. We regrouped in the bunch and focused on the final two climbs, and coming home with no problems. Now we’ll focus on the remaining stages.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel Astana Pro Team 4:49:08 120
2 ROGLIČ Primož Team Jumbo-Visma 0:15 50
3 POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates 0:30 25
51 BENOOT Tiesj Team Sunweb 25:17 -
54 NIEUWENHUIS Joris Team Sunweb ,, -
90 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren Team Sunweb 27:25 -
101 ROCHE Nicolas Team Sunweb 28:27 -
108 HIRSCHI Marc Team Sunweb 28:41 -
122 ARNDT Nikias Team Sunweb 29:26 -
123 PEDERSEN Casper Team Sunweb ,, -
145 BOL Cees Team Sunweb 32:09 -