TOUR DE FRANCE - STAGE 17 The Polka Dot Jersey, a collective affair pubblicato il 20/07/2022
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Wednesday 20th July 2022

The Polka Dot Jersey, a collective affair

Anthony Pérez, Benjamin Thomas and Pierre-Luc Périchon have worked hard to help Simon Geschke consolidate his position as number one in the mountain classification. He will keep it this Wednesday in the Pyrenees before another summit battle tomorrow.

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They held on, right until the end, and showed once again that cycling, at the highest level, is a beautiful team effort. At Cofidis, everyone had one mission: to fight for Simon Geschke's Best Climber jersey. As expected, the battle started in the first kilometers, at nearly 50 km/h on the flat. The battle with multiple attacks in order to be in a good position before the climbs took place.


At the start, Anthony Pérez was spotted in the first breakaway attempt. A little later, it was Benjamin Thomas who fought to reduce the gap by bringing Simon along. Then Pierre-Luc Périchon did a particularly valuable job. He was at the side of the German in the ascent of the Col d'Aspin. This allowed Simon to get 6 points at the top. Further on, at Hourquette d'Anzan, Pierre-Luc was still there. But less than a kilometer from the summit, Simon had a technical problem with his bike and could not pocket any points.


Despite a long attempt to catch up with the leaders, Pierre-Luc Périchon and Simon Geschke were then caught by the leaders. He now has 64 points and is ahead of yellow jersey Jonas Vingegaard and Giulio Ciccone. The battle will be even more intense tomorrow in the Pyrenees where everything can change at any moment.


Simon Geschke : 64 pts

Jonas Vingegaard : 52 pts

Tadej Pogačar : 46 pts

4e Giulio Ciccone : 41 pts

5e Louis Meintjes : 39 pts

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Simon Geschke

Simon Geschke: "This polka dot jersey is the best motivation you can have on this kind of a stage. It was another difficult day, there were a lot of points to win, I took some but I could have taken more. On the second pass, I couldn't take the points after a chain jump. Now, what complicates the task is the fact that the leaders of the general classification can also claim the polka dot jersey. In the end, it will come down to a few points. Tomorrow, I hope i will be ready for the challenge. Today, the team did an incredible job, everyone worked hard so that I could join the breakaway. I hope that tomorrow we will have another great day together. I think that from now on, it's 50-50 to retain the jersey. But we've always done everything to keep it and we'll keep fighting." 

Christian Guiberteau

Christian Guiberteau, sport director:"The beginning of the stage was completely crazy. The breakaway only took shape on the Aspin pass. Fortunately, Simon joined the chasing group and scored those 6 essential points. In the next one, he couldn't compete in the sprint for two points. The whole team - Anthony, Benjamin and Pierre-Luc - reacted very well to support him. There was an incredible collective effort. We can see that the big players are getting closer to the jersey and everything will depend upon the outcome of tomorrow's race. We will have to be at 100% with Simon to fight for the points and achieve the same performance as today."


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