Already after Friday’s stage, Jumbo-Visma rider Tom Dumoulin reacted.
“I have seen several people in recent days, and have not liked it,” Dumoulin told the Dutch newspaper AD according to Cyclingnews after Friday’s stage.
On Saturday’s rock-hard mountain stage in the Pyrenees, the cyclists had to fight their way through large crowds of spectators, where the TV pictures also showed that far from everyone wore a face mask.
– It’s fun, but it’s a risk. Experts say that the chance of being infected is low, but it is enough that only a spectator is infected, coughs, then a rider can be infected. It’s not safe when I can smell the beer from the mouths of the spectators, said the Dutch cycling star.
According to Cyclingnews, the organizer has tried to limit the number of spectators in the mountains by refusing cars to drive up, but many still get up on foot.
Also former national team player in football for Norway, Ole Martin Årst, reacted to the folk festival in the French mountains.
“But spectators at football matches we should not have any of ……”, the former Belgium professional wrote on Twitter, to a picture of the sea of people around the asphalt where the riders cycled up.
Popular home win
Nans Peters (26) came to the finish line alone when the Tour de France field broke out in the mountains of the Pyrenees for the first time this year. Adam Yates was the replacement.
Peters secured France’s second stage victory in this year’s Tour, and was able to show for the audience when he came alone to the finish line in Loudenvielle after the eighth stage.
The victory was his second big in his career after he took a stage victory in the Giro d’Italia last year, but this victory at home probably tasted even better for the 26-year-old.
The first mountain stage in the Pyrenees was characterized by several attacks in the summary. Tadej Pogacar was one of the combined cannons that attacked most times and hardest. He finished half a minute ahead of the group with the other overall riders and took in important seconds he lost in the crosswind on Friday.
Fought for the jersey
Adam Yates seemed to lose the yellow jersey when he had to let go of the last climb, but Yates managed to bite. He keeps the yellow jersey.
However, several overall riders had to drop, including Thibaut Pinot who was in ninth place before Saturday’s stage. Alejandro Valverde and Tom Dumoulin also had to drop the favorites.