Rochefort (AP) – Primoz Roglic in the role of favorites, his young Slovenian countryman Tadej Pogacar as a big surprise and defending champion Egan Bernal with a difficult start: After 1535.5 kilometers and the Pyrenees, the favorites of the 107th Tour de France crystallize.
That the German hopeful Emanuel Buchmann still intervenes in the battle for the podium is over. The tour favorites in check:
PRIMOZ ROGLIC (Slovenia / 1st place): The Vuelta champion confirmed his role as a favorite in the first week of the tour. The Slovenian won the mountain finish in Orcières-Merlette, finished second in Laruns and secured a few bonus seconds thanks to his sprinting skills. So far, the Slovenian ex-ski jumper has shown no weakness. In addition, Roglic has the mountain time trial on the penultimate day, in which he is preferred. And his Jumbo Visma team is very strong.
EGAN BERNAL (Colombia / 2nd / 0: 21 minutes ago): Last year’s winner reported back on the last stage in the Pyrenees and launched attacks for the first time. The days before, he had shown weaknesses when he was briefly abandoned by Roglic on his way to Loudenvielle. The Ineos team, which has always been the benchmark in recent years, has also lost its dominance. The Colombian focuses on the high passes in the Alps. This is his territory.
GUILLAUME MARTIN (France / 3/0: 28): The Frenchman rides quite inconspicuously in the slipstream of the best. How long the Parisian can last is the big question. In any case, the form is right, the 27-year-old already finished third in the Dauphiné tour.
ROMAIN BARDET (France / 4. / 0: 30): Actually, the Frenchman did not want to ride the tour, due to Corona’s postponement, he changed his plans. Still, hardly anyone had him on the bill after disappointment in the past two years. Bardet has shown that he has what it takes in 2017 with a third place overall. Next year he will drive for the German Sunweb team.
NAIRO QUINTANA (Colombia / 5. / 0: 32): The Colombian veteran has made a strong impression so far, even though he lost seconds in the Pyrenees. Such performances were not to be expected, after all, the 30-year-old had suffered a fall in preparation. It’s very possible that his hour is still striking in the Alps. Quintana knows how to do it. He has already won the Giro and the Vuelta and was overall runner-up in the Tour twice (2013 and 2015).
RIGOBERTO URAN (Columbia / 6. / 0: 32): Uranium used to be back in top shape. In 2017, the 33-year-old already finished second overall in Paris, but could no longer build on his successes. The Colombian is a clever tactician, he hardly makes mistakes. Maybe it still pays off.
TADEJ POGACAR (Slovenia / 7. / 0: 44): The young Slovenian could become the big tour sensation. In the first stage in the Pyrenees, the 21-year-old broke the top favorite for about 40 seconds before even winning the next mountain stage in Laruns. If Pogacar had not lost more than a minute on the flat stage on Friday, when he was dropped from the top group by a crashed driver in the decisive phase, he would even be in the yellow now. Last year he was the youngest driver to win three stages in the Vuelta in a big tour.