Jul 8, 2021: All the news from the Tour and Giro Donne. Merckx not impressed by Van der Poel leaving the Tour. Soudal for Lefevere, Lotto and Soudal 2022, sponsor for Savio, Deceuninck/Napoleon and UCI ranking. Sagan to TotalEnergies, and new pros. Ladies Tour of Norway will go ahead. Intermarché Giro film.
Wout van Aert was the man of the day - The Belgian champion got in the early break and then went solo on the second ascent of the Ventoux. Behind; the GC group exploded, but the yellow jersey of Tadej Pogačar was never really in trouble, ignoring an attack from Van Aert's teammate Jonas Vingegaard.
Deceuninck - Quick-Step did it again and put Mark Cavendish in the perfect position to win his 33rd Tour de France stage - one short of 'The Cannibal' Eddy Merckx's record. The Manxman was a good wheel ahead of Wout van Aert and Jasper Philipsen. Overall leader, Tadej Pogačar, finished safely in the bunch.
Instead of being 'roadside' in 'La Belle France' Ed Hood has been 'TVside' in sunny Scotland. Just because he's not at the Tour doesn't detract from his insider view from years of Tour watching. Here is his first 'Rest Day Rant' covering the stages 1 to 9.
July 5, 2021: All the weekend news from The Tour de France with video, plus the Giro Donne and the Sunny King Criterium. INEOS argue with Movistar - TOP STORY. Race news: Volta Valenciana and Maryland Classic. Cervélo and Jumbo, contract for Cavendish? Jumbo-Visma and DSM signings. Video from INEOS and Qhubeka.
Another wet, cold and crazy day in the mountains of the 2021 Tour de France. A big break rode away through the rain to build up a good lead, then it split leaving Ben O'Connor and Sergio Higuita at the front for the Australian to add to his Giro d'Italia stage win. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) easily took care of his yellow jersey.
Dylan Teuns may have won stage 8, but the 'hero of the day' and maybe the 2021 Tour de France was Tadej Pogačar. The young Slovenian crossed from what was left of the peloton to the front of the race, a gap of over 6 minutes. Teuns was the only rider he didn't catch before the finish in Le Grand-Bornand.
A 250 kilometre stage seemed to be a step back into Tour de France history, with memories of hours of dull viewing. In the end, stage 7 was far from tedious. Matej Mohoric was the worthy winner of a stage that blew the race apart. Mathieu van der Poel was part of the big break and guaranteed his yellow jersey for another day.