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Not a flight, but a fake maneuver that gave Kobi Goossens the fighting spirit: “It started as a joke”

Not a flight, but a fake maneuver that gave Kobi Goossens the fighting spirit: “It started as a joke”

Another race trip, another walking stage with no history. On the way to Saint-Amand-Montrond, every rider refused to form a breakaway today. Kobe Goossens (Intermarché-Wanty) moved ahead of the peloton during the intermediate sprint and was immediately rewarded by the organization.

Who gets the fighting spirit award if no one attacks? Kobe Goossens got the token reward and the Intermarché-Wanty rider agreed with this choice of action.

“Yeah, that wasn’t really a fighting spirit, was it?” he laughed. Green jersey keeper Benjamin Girmay broke away from the peloton in the intermediate sprint. “It was a joke with Maxime (Van Gils) and Harm (Van Houck).”

“But then the team management told me that I had to continue to get points in the intermediate race. Maxim quickly dropped out, followed by Harm. Then I also waited for the peloton.”

“Was it a smart move for Green? Yes, it turned out well. Every point we can save for Penny is a point won and means one step closer to green.”

Gerben Thygesen’s role? Gerben is getting an intensive training course in Tour-level sprinting. His athletic heart is bleeding, but he can already look back on a very good Tour.

Ike Vespeck

In the race for victory today, Benjamin Germay eventually finished second. “There was a lot of power in his sprint, but we couldn’t organize it this time,” said sporting director Eike Visbeck.

Gerben Thijssen had to compete for the green jersey and indicated before the start that he was having some difficulty in this role in the shelter.

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“We’re looking at it day by day,” Vesbeck explained of the second runner’s role. “Gerben likes big acceleration and that’s why in this race it was better for him to come faster.”

“Maybe he will be given a different job or position in the next race. He wants to ride to win, but he’s here to learn.”

“Gerben is getting an intensive training course in Tour-level running. His athletic heart is bleeding, but he can already look back on a very good Tour.”

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Tour de France

Riding date start – end Ride type the total winner leader

1

29/06 Florence – Rimini

206 km

romain bardet

2

30/06 Cesenatico – Bologna

199.2 km

Tadej Pogacar

3

01/07 Piacenza – Turin

230.8 km

Richard Carapaz

4

02/07 Pinerolo – Valloire

139.6 km

Tadej Pogacar

5

03/07 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Saint-Volpas

177.4 km

Tadej Pogacar

6

04/07 Macon – Dijon

163.5 km

Tadej Pogacar

7

05/07 Nuits Saint Georges – Geoffrey Chambertin

25.3 km

Tadej Pogacar

8

06/07 Semur-en-Auxois – Colombie Les Deux Eglises

183.4 km

Tadej Pogacar

9

07/07 Troy – Troy

199 km

Tadej Pogacar
Rest day 08/07

10

09/07 Orleans – Saint-Amand-Montrond

187.3 km

Tadej Pogacar

11

10/07 Évaux-les-Bains – Le Lioran

211 km

12

11/07 Aurillac – Villeneuve-sur-Lot

203.6 km

13

12/07 Again – Bao

165.3 km

14

13/07 Bao – No Daddy

151.9 km

15

14/07 Loudenvielle – Plateau de Belle

197.7 km

Rest day 15/07

16

16/07 Gruissan – Nimes

188.6 km

17

17/07 Saint Paul Trois Chateau – Superdévoluy

177.8 km

18

18/07 The Gap – Barcelonanet

179.5 km

19

19/07 Embron – Isola 2000

144.6 km

20

20/07 Nice – Col de la Coyole

132.8 km

21

21/07 Monaco – Nice

33.7 km

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