The first full week of racing at the Tour de France and it was glorious! We have Wout v Pog, Pog v Vingegaard, Chaos v Jumbo, Rog v Haybale, Pinot v Musette, Pinot v Jungels Plus we have Gruber Galleries, Poupees, and #RookieRacingRecap. It’s all here. HERE!
AG2R’s Bob Jungels put in THE solo effort of this year’s Tour de France so far to win Stage 9. The Luxembourger broke free of the day’s big breakaway over 60 kilometres from the finish and held off a thrilling chase from the fast charging Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) to give the Tour another feel-good story. Simon Geschke (Cofidis) took over the King of the Mountains jersey, but yellow and green stayed with Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates) and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) respectively.
Oh, Switzerland — the wonderful vineyards, the Tuscan roads, and. . . oh, wait. I’ve mistaken Switzerland for Italy again, haven’t I? Well, it doesn’t really matter where the race is, right? I mean, most riders can’t tell you where they are the morning of the race. What is important to know is that Mr. Magnificent, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), won stage 8 of the Tour de France decked out in green. Michael Matthews of BikeExchange-Jayco took second place (again) and man-crush Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) delighted us once more with his antics, placing third.
The general classification remained largely unchanged with Pog snatching an additional four bonus seconds at the line. His competitors really ought to do something about him.