Tour de France 2021 just gets crazier and more chaotic as the stages go on. Looking through all the great photographs and videos that have been coming through the twitterstream (and insta!), I decided that this particular Tweets of the Week will be photography based. Some absolutely stunning shots in here – the pain, the joy, the tears, the confusion … Enjoy!
If you thought stage 7, the longest Tour de France stage since the year 2000 would end in a breakaway win you would be correct. But I don’t think ANYONE was expecting the break to contain the yellow jersey Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin Fenix), the green jersey of Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck Quick Step), Jumbo-Visma’s Wout Van Aert and a whole host of assorted rouleurs and riders high in the GC. Hats off to Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Victorious) who attacked with 88km to go, went solo in the last 10km, crossed the line sobbing and also climbed the podium as King of the Mountains. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) was second with EF Education-Nippo’s Magnus Cort rounded out the podium. To say the GC was shaken is the understatement of the day. The only rider to remain in place was the man at the top who takes the maillot jaune into the Alps Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) tumbled out of contention on the climbs and now lies at +9:11, while Tadej Pogacar and his UAE team wobbled under testing. That could be very telling for the days to come. Continue reading
Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) lives to wear the maillot jaune for another day, while Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) reigned supreme in the Tour de France Stage 5 individual time trial. Having waited until the last possible moment in 2020 to claim the yellow jersey by beating Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) in the final ITT in the opening salvo of the Pog/Rog rivalry, it appears Pog is taking no prisoners in his bid to stand atop the Paris podium for the second year running. A relatively flat course *should* have made for an unexciting time trial, however, it would seem the word “boring” is not in this year’s Tour de France vocabulary. By the finish, it was only MvdP who ended the day in the same position as he started it – the rest of the GC Top 10 moved up, moved down, moved all around.