Today was the longest leg of the week. The cyclists had to follow a circuit extending over 136.9 km through the Parc national d’Aiguebelle, a new addition to the Tour. “It’s a great addition to the Tour this year,” said Director Olivier Grondin, “The riders are not accustomed to these roads filled with climbs and descents.”
As expected, there was no collision in the Parc d’Aiguebelle. The riders took a lot more risks on du Collège boulevard during the final lap, where over 30 bit the dust. Five riders caught up with the breakaway. With only a minute and ten seconds between them and the peloton, thery were coming at full speed. The incident, however, did not impact the rankings.
Today was a great victory for the American national team, as its riders Lucas Bourgoyne and Luke Lamperti placed 1st and 2nd, followed by Ethan Craine from Team California.
As for the jerseys, three American national team riders made it to the podium.
Michael Garrisson kept the brown jersey, Lucas Bourgoyne won the orange and Matthew
Riccitello kept the blue one. The polka dot jersey remained in the hands of Emil Schandorff Iwersen.
Two stages in one day
Two half-stages will take place on Thursday, July 18. The third stage is the individual Time Trial and will start in front of the Cégep de Abitibi-Témiscamingue at 9 a.m.
The fourth stage, a 52.5 km course, will start in Malartic, pass through Rivière-Héva, and then loop back to its starting point.