Porte and Mollema ignore the “mistake” of losing 1:21 in the crosswinds of the Tour de France


With the Pyrenean stages starting with stage 8 on Saturday, and with the Alps to come, Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema from Trek-Segafredo have certainly not yet lost the Tour de France, but both riders lose 1:21 to favorites such as Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Thibaut Pinot of Groupama-FDJ and defending champion Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) following the crosswinds of stage 7 on Friday certainly made their task much more difficult.While Ineos, Jumbo-Visma, Astana and Bora-Hansgrohe regained their advantage after the start about 40 km from the finish of today’s 168 km stage between Millau and Lavaur, Porte and Mollema – with some many other top riders, including Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain McLaren) – started out trying to close the gap, then moved in later just to try to limit their losses.


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