This is how the Tour de France general classification stood after the time trial

This is how the Tour de France general classification stood after the time trial
This is how the Tour de France general classification stood after the time trial

Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal of INEOS Grenadiers in action during the seventh stage of the 2024 Tour de France cycling race of 25km individual time trial (ITT) from Nuits-Saint-Georges to Gevrey-Chambertin, France on July 5, 2024.

Photo: EFE – KIM LUDBROOK

It was his day and he did not miss the event. Belgian Remco Evenepoel showed that he is ready to fight in his first participation in the Tour de France, with a victory in the time trial, his specialty, which brings him closer to the lead held by Tadej Pogačar.

The Belgian was the happiest on a day in which all the contenders for final victory found reasons to be satisfied.

On his most favourable terrain, Evenepoel cut 12 seconds off Pogacar, 34 off Slovenian Primož Roglič and 37 off Dane Jonas Vingegaard. The best Colombian of the day was Santiago Buitrago.

With this victory, the world time trial champion now has stage wins in this discipline in the three Grand Tours. The 23-year-old Belgian said he was “very happy” with the win, but was modest about his chances of winning the Tour.

“I beat Pogacar in a time trial, which is not easy because he has shown that he is also good at fighting against the clock in the Grand Tours. At the Giro he beat Filippo Ganna,” said the Belgian, who believes that the Slovenian “will easily win this Tour.”

“I think he is an unbeatable rival,” said Evenepoel, adding that “despite everything, you never know on the Tour.”

Vingegaard feels confident

The Slovenian also had reasons to be satisfied. He was widely beaten a year ago by Vingegaard in the fight against the clock, but this time he beat the Dane, which allowed him to “solidify his confidence” in a discipline that is not his best and which will be decisive, since he will close the edition in Nice.

“I should be fine with this time trial because I know the roads,” said the Slovenian who lives in Monaco.

On paper, the main loser of the day was Vingegaard, who lost 37 seconds on the stage and is 1.15 seconds behind in the general classification.

“I think it was a good time trial,” said the winner of the last editions, who is out of form after a fall he suffered a month ago in the Basque Country.

“Losing just 37 seconds to Remco in the time trial is a good sign,” said the Dane, who, as he has been saying throughout the Tour, said he was “following the pre-established plan.”

“I don’t think he’s too far behind. I took more time from him in two stages last year, so I think everything is possible,” he said.

The fourth in contention, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, also had a good day, third in the stage, 34 behind Evenepoel, which leaves him fourth in the general classification, 1.36 behind, one position better than the previous day.

This is how the Tour de France stage classification turned out

1. Remco Evenepoel (BEL/Soudal-Quick Step) 28:52.

2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) a 12.

3. Primož Roglic (SLO) 34.

4. Jonas Vingegaard (DEN) 37.

5. Victor Campenaerts (BEL) 52.

6. Kevin Vauquelin (FRA) 52.

7. Matteo Jorgenson (USA) 54.

8. John Almeida (POR) 57.

9. Ben Healy (IRL) 59.

10. Stefan Küng (SUI) 1:00.

11. Aleksander Vlasov (RUS) 1:04.

12. Stefan Bissegger (SUI) 1:14.

13. Ilan Van Wilder (BEL) 1:14.

14. Derek Gee (CAN) 1:17.

15. Juan Ayuso (ESP) 1:18.

16. Nelson Oliveira (POR) 1:24.

17. Carlos Rodriguez (ESP) 1:27.

18. Pello Bilbao (ESP) 1:30.

19. Simon Yates (GBR) 1:33.

20. Romain Grégoire (FRA) 1:36.

21. Oier Lazkano (ESP) 1:41.

27. Santiago Buitrago (COL) 1:55.

28.Jai Hindley (AUS) 1:56.

30. Enric Mas (ESP) 1:59.

31. Richard Carapaz (ECU) 2:01.

35. Mikel Landa (ESP) 2:15.

36. Egan Bernal (COL) 2:16.

40. Harold Tejada (COL) 2:23.

166. Fernando Gaviria (COL) 5:25.

y 174. Fabio Jakobsen (NED) 6:17.

This is how the general classification of the Tour de France turned out

1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO/UAD) 27 h 16:23.

2. Remco Evenepoel (BEL/SOQ) a 33.

3. Jonas Vingegaard (DEN/TVL) 1:15.

4. Primož Roglic (SLO/RBH) 1:36.

5. Juan Ayuso (ESP/UAD) 2:16.

6. John Almeida (POR/UAD) 2:17.

7. Carlos Rodríguez (ESP/IGD) 2:31.

8. Mikel Landa (ESP/SOQ) 3:35.

9. Matteo Jorgenson (USA/TVL) 4:03.

10. Aleksander Vlasov (RUS/RBH) 4:36.

11. Adam Yates (GBR/UAD) 4:56.

12. Egan Bernal (COL/IGD) 5:25.

13. Giulio Ciccone (ITA/LTK) 5:35.

14. Derek Gee (CAN/IPT) 5:52.

15. Santiago Buitrago (COL/TBV) 5:53.

16. Pello Bilbao (ESP/TBV) 5:58.

17. Simon Yates (GBR/JAY) 6:01.

18. Felix Gall (AUT/DAT) 6:06.

19. Jai Hindley (AUS/RBH) 6:24.

20. Enric Mas (ESP/MOV) 6:27.

67. Harold Tejada (COL/AST) 45:18

166. Fernando Gaviria (COL/MOV) 01h 33′ 59′’

 
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