Behind the scenes of phase 11 of 2022 Tour de France It was as exciting as it comes, and the yellow shirt scene Tadej Bojjar The crack on the Col du Granon sent shock waves through the race. But at least one passenger saw it all coming.
Chris Froome He revealed with confidence that he told his colleagues on the Israeli prime minister’s tech team Wednesday morning that the Slovenian, the winner of the previous two rounds, would not be yellow by the end of the day.
Bogar seemed as commanding as he did when walking for the title last year, with two wins out of the first 10 stages, but four-time champion Froome felt he was on the verge of being overtaken by Jonas Weinggaard and, in particular, the Jumbo-Visma collegiate. Energy.
“It’s very exciting. That was definitely coming yesterday,” Froome said at the start of Stage 12 on Thursday.
“I actually said to all my teammates at the start, ‘I’m pretty sure Visma will be wearing the yellow shirt this evening’.”
speaks separately to ITV, Froome suggested that Pogačar’s “powerful engine” might make him vulnerable to aggressive long-range tactics in the high mountains. But it also highlighted a possible tactical error from the Slovenian.
“Maybe he did a lot in some shelters. He pulled Galibier with Jonas in his wheel when he didn’t necessarily need to… When you’re in yellow you can proceed and you have the right to defend. He probably did a lot there.”
After Pogačar was bombarded with attacks on Col du Télégraphe and Col du Galibier, this result came about as it was. Vingegaard took a ride on the Col du Granon Pogačar came down like nothing in his easy career so far.
As for where he leaves this round, Froome once again referenced the collective strength of Jumbo-Visma in predicting a more controlled race from now on. However, he indicated that Pogačar would not lie down quietly, with the opportunity to respond immediately on the way to L’Alpes d’Huez on Thursday, followed by the Pyrenees in the final week.
“It seems that they [Jumbo-Visma] Froome said: “They are going to have a strong grip on this race. They have a strong team, and they still have their entire team. I imagine the race for the GC is still going on today but in Visma’s grip it will be more in control than it was with the UAE.
“I don’t think Poojacar is the type to give up,” Froome added. “I think he’ll take the race to them for sure, but whether it’s today or in week three we’ll have to wait and see.”
Froome is still struggling to get back to the form he has left since his career crash in 2019. And he admitted that Alpe d’Huez doesn’t hold the happiest of memories for him, as he nearly lost the 2015 Tour there and after seeing his teammate Geriant Thomas take charge once and for all. there in 2018.
“Today is Bastille Day, it’s an incredibly important day, and with the finale on Alpe d’Huez, it’s the combination of all of these things together to make it an incredibly exciting stage,” Froome said.
“My relationship with Alpe d’Huez hasn’t been the best over the years. I’ve struggled a lot on the slopes of Alpe d’Huez. I’d like to change that if possible.”
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