Wednesday, August 10, 2022

GC contenders line up for battle in the Pyrenees

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The Tour de France continues its run through the Pyrenees with a short but brutal 129.7km route over the mountains from Saint-Gaudens to Peyragudes.

The stage is expected to last under four hours and these shorter stages tend to encourage more attacks, particularly from the stronger climbers and general classification riders.

However, it looks like another busy day with yet another early break expected as teams and riders battle for top position, knowing their progress could be hampered by the later hills. There are four categorized climbs, with the second, Hourquette d’Ancizan, being the easiest 8.2km Category 2 climb.

The categorized climbs culminate in Peyragudes, who could potentially fight for those crucial yellow jersey seconds at the finish with Tadej Pogacar, Geraint Thomas and Jonas Vingegaard all capable of winning a challenging stage like this and making their mark in the Appreciation to make a name rankings.

The stage is scheduled to start around 12:30pm BST and is expected to finish around 4:00pm BST.

This year’s Tour de France coverage can be found on ITV4, Eurosport, Discovery+ and GCN+ (Global Cycling Network).

Every day live races are shown on ITV4 before the highlights, usually at 19:00 every day. The ITV website lists the times here.

Eurosport and GCN+ show every minute of every stage. More on Eurosport coverage here and GCN+ coverage here.

It will also be shown on Eurosport’s Discovery+ streaming service, with broadcast details here.

1. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo Visma 64h 28min 09sec

2. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates +2min 22sec

3. Geraint Thomas (Gbr) Ineos Grenadiers +2:43

4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkéa-Samsic +4:15

5. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ +4:24

6. Adam Yates (Gbr) Ineos Grenadiers +5:28

7. Louis Meintjes (Rsa) Intermarche Wanty Gobert Materials +5:46

8. Aleksandr Vlasov (Russian) Bora-Hansgrohe +6:18

9. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM +6.37

10. Tom Pidcock (Gbr) Ineos Grenadiers +10:11

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