Enric Mas has come to the Tour as a blank notebook whose leaves are filled every day with varied experiences that catch on the fly, like a flycatcher, or absorb with a brain that looks like a sponge. Material is not lacking, and not only because all the young debutantes, amazed and eager to immerse themselves in the Tour all the details of the French race fascinate them, but also because it is in the team of Julian Alaphilippe, the adventurer, who in the The infamous slopes of Saint Étienne were launched for his treasure, a yellow jersey that he recovered from the back of the Italian Ciccone, the hero of La Planche, who is neither Chiappucci nor will he be.
With Alaphilippe on the side, so protean, of such varied abilities, the experiences multiply and complicate Mas's task, and enrich it. One of the first conclusions that the Mallorcan had reached was that there is a mental Tour, which lasts 10 days, the first 10, those of nerves and extreme concentration, and a Leg Tour, the last week, the of your beloved mountains. Then, the eighth stage arrives, runners like Alaphilippe or Thomas de Gendt arrive, the winner of the day, and the scheme is broken. For the French and the Belgian, and for a few others, cycling and the Tour is not a mental or leg issue, rather it is a vital issue, something that comes out of your gut. They are the adventurers, a special category invented by the French, who appeal to them baroudeurs, they come from the land like the Beaujolais vineyards to which they do not pay attention, or like the rural roads with asphalted cobs in which they flourish. They are the roots of cycling, the fathers of all this, and turn the stages into a guerrilla struggle that turns everything into chaos and into which those who think about the general classification, lovers of order, patience and accounting shattered , they must know how to choose. There were sudden doubts, drops of tension. Attentiveness One moved.
The soul of Thibaut Pinot fluctuates between adventure cycling and calculation. Enjoy in the classic, as in Lombardy, and in the Vuelta where only think about winning stages, and at the same time, feel able to win the Tour. He wants to be a Thomas, but, jopé, being an Alaphilippe is so cool ... And remember Hinault and Ocaña, and his number 51, his number this year, two who knew how to be mind and guts, and knows that it is possible. And so it acts. When the last murderous cost of a day of cheating came, where he knew he would jump like an Alaphilippe champagne cork, he was there, and went with him. They did not reach De Gendt, the baroudeur lone and early bird who flew, but were bonificaron in the slope and in the goal, to which they arrived with 20s of advantage over the group of amazed and paralyzed favorites.
This is the classification
|one||FRA Julian Alaphilippe||34h 17:59|
|two||ITA Giulio Ciccone||+ 00:23|
|3||FRA Thibaut Pinot||+ 00:53|
|4||NZL George Bennett||+ 01:10|
|5||GBR Geraint Thomas||+ 01:12|
|6||CABBAGE Egan Bernal||+ 01:16|
|7||NED Steven Kruijswijk||+ 01:27|
|8||CABBAGE Rigoberto Uran||+ 01:38|
|9||DEN Jakob Fuglsang||+ 01:42|
|10||GER Emanuel Buchmann||+ 01:45|
|one||BEL Tim Wellens||43|
|two||BEL Thomas de Gendt||37|
|3||ITA Giulio Ciccone||30|
|4||BEL Xandro Meurisse||27|
|5||BEL Dylan Teuns||13|
|6||ERI Natnael Berhane||13|
|7||USES Ben King||13|
|8||ITA Alessandro De Marchi||12|
|9||THE T Tom Skujins||9|
|10||NED Niki Terpstra||5|
|one||SVK Peter Sagan||204|
|two||AUS Michael Matthews||144|
|3||ITA Sonny Colbrelli||129|
|4||ITA Elia Viviani||128|
|5||ITA Matteo Trentin||90|
|6||BEL Greg Van Avermaet||81|
|7||AUS Caleb Ewan||76|
|8||FRA Julian Alaphilippe||69|
|9||BEL Jasper Stuyven||69|
|10||NED Dylan Groenewegen||66|
|one||USES TREK SEGAFREDO||103h 29:48|
|two||ESP MOVISTAR TEAM||+ 01:39|
|3||FRA GROUPAMA - FDJ||+ 01:44|
|4||UAE UAE TEAM EMIRATES||+ 11:03|
|5||GBR TEAM INEOS||+ 12:33|
|6||GER BORA HANSGROHE||+ 13:42|
|7||USES EF EDUCATION FIRST||+ 13:44|
|8||NED TEAM JUMBO - VISMA||+ 13:50|
|9||KAZ ASTANA PRO TEAM||+ 16:59|
|10||AUS MITCHELTON - SCOTT||+ 17:31|
All those who moved had a prize: De Gendt, the stage, a prestigious victory that justifies his personal way of living cycling; Alaphilippe returned to the yellow jersey and has seconds to spare, two he gave them to his soul mate, Pinot, letting him pass second in the stage; Pinot is, thus, the new beacon of the Tour, the virtual leader that leads in the general to all the other favorites (19s to Thomas, 23s to Egan, 45s to Urán, 49s to Fuglsang, 53s to Mas, 54s to Yates, 1m 11s to Nairo and 1m 13s to Landa). The immobile gave reasons.
The most calculating of all, Thomas, the bike exploded, boom, a box of carbon smashed, when skating in a curve with half equipment just as the dance began: enough did not burst it. Fuglsang, who, at the command of Astana, had begun to accelerate the stage in the absence of manifest initiative of Thomas Ineos, put those who could in pursuit of the couple of French as hares in the field did not stop accelerating and accelerating . The Trek killed himself just enough to defend the yellow jersey of his Ciccone, as if they had already amortized it. Neither Landa nor Nairo gave a relief. Nor Valverde, who went with them. Nairo, who had already lost the desire to be a new Lucho Herrera, a bleeding winner in Sain Étienne 34 years ago, took off from the power the detailed profile of the stage, curled up like the crest of a neglected punk. One more day. Landa, calculator, said: "It's still early to know who you have to leave."
Mas apprentice, who acted as a brake in the rear, scored a new experience in his notebook: you can calculate and pull legs, and you can also run free instinct, and win the Tour, Or at least, put fear .