di Ettore Ferrari

Tadej Pogacar scalpita e non aspetta la temuta settima giornata di gara (arrivo a Planche des Belle Filles) e in cima allo strappo di Longwy ha sverniciato tutti dando l’ennesimo saggio della sua immensa classe. Vittoria e maglia gialla per il dominatore degli ultimi 2 Tour de France.

Van Aert spettacolo – Dopo il pavé, il Tour propone la sesta fatica, la più lunga di questa edizione, da Binche a Longwy (219,9 km). Una frazione che presenta una serie di strappi nel finale, molto simile a una classica ardennese. Al km 73 attacco della maglia gialla! Wout Van Aert allunga con Jakob Fuglsang e Quinn Simmons. Il fuoriclasse di Herentals si prende la scena e, dopo, aver mollato il danese, stacca pure il giovanissimo Simmons ai -30. L’uomo in giallo (pantoloncini e maglietta) prosegue ma dietro il gruppo fa sul serio, tirato soprattutto da Ineos e Bahrain. Inizia la serie di strappi finali, e il vantaggio di WVA cala vistosamente e la sua avventura termina tra gli appalusi ai -11,1. Tanto di cappello al campione “totale” che ha caratterizzato la prima settimana del Tour con una vittoria per distacco, tre secondi posti, 4 giorni in maglia gialla e tanto spettacolo. Ora, il suo obiettivo è conservare la maglia verde (già sua) fino a Parigi e, ovviamente, dare un apporto ai capitani Vingegaard e Roglic per la Generale.

Ci prova Vuillermoz – Poco prima del penultimo muro (Pulventeux, di soli 800 metri al 12,3%) scivolata di Aleksandr Vlasov in una curva, ma il capitano della Bora-hansgrohe, aiutato dai suoi riesce a rientrare prima dell’ultima salita. Intanto allunga Alexis Vuillermoz, ma Pogacar non ci sta e manda minacciosi segnali a tutti: vuole vincere la tappa! La maglia bianca allunga in testa al gruppo e fa sempre molto male. Superata la cote di Pulventeux, ci si tuffa in discesa prima dell’ultimo strappo che porta all’arrivo.

Roglic lancia la volata lunga, ma Pogacar lo supera a doppia velocità – Il forcing dell’UAE Emirates con Rafal Maijka, Brandon McNulty e Pogacar in terza ruota. Il destino di Vuillermoz è segnato e il francese viene ripreso all’inizio dell’erta finale, la cote de Religieuses (1600 metri al 5,8%, max 11%). Si sposta Maijka, McNulty produce l’ultimo sforzo. La strada continua a salire, Pogacar controlla, con Pidcock, Matthews e Vingegaard in scia. Rimonta Primoz Roglic e ai -400 parte lungo con la sua classica progressione, ma Pogacar è prontissimo a saltare sulla ruota del connazionale e a saltarlo a 220 metri dalla linea del traguardo. La maglia bianca vince quasi per distacco e sul traguardo lancia un urlo di gioia. Seconda piazza per Michael Matthews, che non trattiene un gesto di stizza per l’ennesimo piazzamento degli ultimi anni, salvo poi complimentarsi con il fenomeno sloveno oltrepassata la linea d’arrivo. Seguono Gaudu, Pidcock, Quintana, Teuns, Vingegaard, Dani Martinez, Roglic, Bardet, Mas e A.Yates; Daminao Caruso paga 21″.

Settima vittoria di tappa e maglia gialla n. 17 per il fenomeno sloveno – Numeri fantastici per il classe 1998 che alle 7 tappe e ai 17 giorni in maglia gialla, aggiunge già 2 Tour nel carniere, 2 maglie a pois e 2 maglie bianche. La terza maglia bianca è già ipotecata. Il suo sorriso conquista tutti, così come la leggerezza e facilità (apparente) con le quali realizza le sue imprese. Alla vigilia del primo arrivo (vero) in salita, Pogacar guarda già tutti dall’alto: Neilson Powless a 4″, Vingegaard a 31″, A. Yates a 39″, Pidcock a 40″, Thomas a 46″, Vlasov a 52″, Martinez a 1′, Bardet a 1’01”, Gaudu a 1’02”. Roglic è già a 2’27”.

Di Ettore Ferrari

Sono nato a Catania il 14 aprile 1971. In redazione dicono sempre che sono troppo preciso, da qui il nomignolo "nessun capello fuori posto". Sono la "Memoria storica" del ciclismo.

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