Tour de France Tour de France 2022: Stage 7 (Tomblaine – La Super Planche des Belles Filles, 176.3k)

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Vingo and Pog looked like this

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Yeah, whenever I get excited about Nairo, he disappoints. I should know it, obviously. But this year I somehow rationalized that after not having a monster climbing performance in preparation (like he had in previous years, before disappointing at the Tour), that he might have timed it better.
I know what you mean—but this climb is not exactly his cup of tea.
 
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If Vingegaard waits 50 more meters he wins, put a gap into Pogacar right away and only ran out of steam once he left the gravel. These Jumbo guys just love to go to early.

Shame for Kämna but he did sound quite relaxed in the interview afterwards. If he keeps this form, he'll easily be a shout for another stage. Having said that, after todays performance I'm not sure many breakaways will want to work with him.

You sound like you know something or are you just trying to look clever with the benefit of hindsight? Vinge went when he felt the pace being to low and he did perfect. Pogacar got a scare and we look forward to the longest mountains :)
 
With the original finish-line, it's a good climb that is worth being excited for. It has been overused, but it has still delivered every single time. 2012, 2014, 2017 & 2020 were all quite good for such a climb.

The gimmick gravel section significantly worsens it. Now it's all about timing the effort of the last 500 m of the climb. Sad for a good 1st category climb to be reduced to that.
Completely agree. I like the normal climb as well - its perfect for the first MTF before the Alps. 2012 was great, same for 2014, 2017 was ridden conservatively, but that happens sometimes and it was still fine.
 
Jonas almost died on the finish line.
Pog was already high fiving people 3 minutes after when climbing down.
He looked at Jonas when passing him, wondering why is this JV guy was breathing dust instead of just holding it during the last KM.
He gave him the look... no gifts… next thing you know he’ll be honking yellow bracelets with Pogastrong imprints.
 
Good signs for the rest of the race.
Pogačar is superb, of course, we've already known that. But his team doesn't quite match, and Vinegar almost beat him on his preferred terrain.

I am not sure if such a steep ramp is actually his preferred terrain. But he didn't look completely unbeatable today, even though Vingegaard never got father away from him than his initial jump, I doubt he would've been able to drop Pogacar had he tried earlier for example.
 
If Vingegaard waits 50 more meters he wins, put a gap into Pogacar right away and only ran out of steam once he left the gravel. These Jumbo guys just love to go to early.

Shame for Kämna but he did sound quite relaxed in the interview afterwards. If he keeps this form, he'll easily be a shout for another stage. Having said that, after todays performance I'm not sure many breakaways will want to work with him.

I don't think Teuns will be sending him a Christmas card anyway!
 
Low gear battle. Vingegaard gave it his all but the look across from Pogacar said it all when he hit the line.. Durbridge can get in a break on a stage he has no chance of winning but it seems that the better climbers on his team simply can't manage it.

BEX only have one climber Schultz who is well off the pace - BEX should have rested today and set their sights on the weekend.
 
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