Latest updates as peloton heads to col de Joux Plane
Following yesterday’s stage to Grand Colombier, won by Michal Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers), another tough day awaits the peloton as it heads to the fourth mountain range in this year’s race. Having tackled parts of the Pyrenees, Massif Central and Jura Mountains, now is the time for the Alps to make their presence felt. And with four categorised climbs, including the hors catégorie col de Joux Plane, one suspects the riders will feel this stage in their legs later on this evening.
The intermediate sprint at Col de Jambaz is situated 65.5km into the stage – 86.3km from the finish line – and, like yesterday, again positioned on an uncategorised climb. Only Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and Neilson Powless (EF Education-EasyPost) moved up in the top 10 in the points classification, and so Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) remains the dominant force in that particular competition having won four stages at this year’s race. The Belgian still leads Mads Pedersen (Lidl-Trek) by a whopping 144 points, with Frenchman Bryan Coquard (Cofidis) third another point back.
Here is what can be won by those targeting the maillot vert, the green jersey worn by the leader in the points classification, at the intermediate sprint and finish line: