Reactions: The Tour de France tackles the ‘Giant of Provence’ x 2
The double ascent of Mont Ventoux on stage 11 of the 2021 Tour de France gave us an epic day of racing in which the maillot jaune finally showed a bit of weakness and we were treated to an unexpected stage winner.
One day after finishing second in a bunch sprint, Wout van Aert climbed to his fourth career Tour de France stage win. The Belgian champion also vaulted into second in the King of the Mountains standings, a rather interesting development considering he won that classification in 38 out of 100 simulations of the 2021 Tour.
Tadej Pogačar showed the Tour isn’t over until the riders hit the cobblestones of the Champs-Élysées. He admitted after the stage that he “exploded a little bit” when was unable to follow the wheel of Jonas Vingegaard the second time up Mont Ventoux.
Overall, it must have been a very tiring day in the saddle as the peloton took a little while to finally share their thoughts on the historic day of racing. Nonetheless, we’ve gathered all of their tweets for you. Happy reading!
The downhill was almost worth the climb. https://t.co/ZhnwIP7EYy— Toms Skujiņš (@Tomashuuns) July 7, 2021
Thoughts of a neo-pro at the TDF pt.3 “will be nice to experience Ventoux for the first time”— Harry Sweeny (@harry_sweeny) July 7, 2021
So so cool to see you on the road mate!! https://t.co/4tsngFUyg2— Tao Geoghegan Hart (@taogeoghegan) July 7, 2021
Breakaway day with a double Ventoux on the menu. Great support alongside the road and an awesome performance by Wout! #TDF2021 #RoulonsAutrement #RideDifferently (📸 ASO/Pauline Ballet) pic.twitter.com/mIneTtPHKb— Greg Van Avermaet (@GregVanAvermaet) July 7, 2021
Two times up this @letourdefrance iconic climb today! I surprised myself holding on to the favourites group on the first ascent!— Kasper Asgreen (@k_asgreen) July 7, 2021
Max speed run for the #specializedaethos today: 111km/h 😎🚲💨
📸 @gettyimages pic.twitter.com/Vyhek5EPAt
Content de ma journée face au Géant de Provence. 12ème de l’étape, 9ème au général. La route est encore longue!— Guillaume Martin (@GuilmMartin) July 7, 2021
Hard but good day around Mont Ventoux. Still a long way to go!@TeamCOFIDIS solide aujourd’hui encore 👍👍 pic.twitter.com/JeEjqMc5Bn
Translation: Happy with my day against the Giant of Provence. 12th on the stage, 9th overall. There is still a long way to go! Hard but good day around Mont Ventoux. Still a long way to go! Team Cofidis solid even today.
Really shit to leave the Tour like this, but I will be back! https://t.co/IS7uUXc0hp— Tiesj (@TiesjBenoot) July 7, 2021
Not sure if I wanted to experience this Mt Ventoux twice on 1 day. Thanks @WoutvanAert for cruising up in front to leave us in time! What a legend you are! Congrats for that impressive performance pic.twitter.com/KvP1Rdjr6Z— Andre Greipel (@AndreGreipel) July 7, 2021