The Dane has only a second lead in the general classification while a stage is looming on Saturday with two passes classified out of category.
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After receiving the leader’s jersey following the withdrawal of Aleksandr Vlasov, positive for Covid-19, Jakob Fuglsang (Israel-Premier Tech) resisted rather well during the 7th stage, won on Friday by Nico Denz (DSM ) ahead of Clément Champoussin (AG2R Citroën). The Dane will still have to expect to defend his precious tunic, Saturday June 18, during the 7th stage between Ambri and Malbun. Especially since Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) and Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe), his first competitors, are only one and ten seconds behind respectively …
In the wave of Covid cases plaguing the race, the Groupama-FDJ formation was forced to withdraw Quentin Pacher, who was positive at the end of yesterday’s stage.
On the program: 196 kilometers spiced up with two off-category climbs, including the final climb where everything could be decided on the 12.8 kilometers at 8.4%. For the climbers, it will be the opportunity to fire one last shot for a stage victory or a place in the general classification before the final time trial on Sunday. Thibaut Pinot or Remco Evenepoel could be at the forefront.