Tour de France 2021: Stage 7 Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

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INTRO

This is the longest Tour stage in 21 years.  

Stage Winner:  Matej Mohoric 05h 28' 20"

Climbs of Stage 7 (Hilly)
1) Côte de Château-Chinon (category 3) - first to top Matej Mohoric (SLO) 2 points
2) Côte de Glux-En-Glenne (category 4) - Matej Mohoric (SLO) 1 point
3) Côte de la Croix de la Libération (category 3) Matej Mohoric (SLO) 2 points
4) Signal d'Uchon (category 2; KOM point bonus) - Matej Mohoric (SLO) 5 points + 8 bonus
5) Côte de La Gourloye (category 4) Matej Mohoric (SLO) 1 point

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graph, profile grid, elevation, distance chart, Tour de France 2021, Stage 7, Vierzon to Le Creusot

TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 7:  HILLY

249 km / 3139m

VIERZON > LE CREUSOT

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STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 21 (July 18)

Individual standings

Rider

Time

gap

Team

1

Tadej Pogacar (SLO)

82h 56’ 36”

UAE Team Emirates

2

Jonas Vingegaard (DEN)

83h 01” 56”

00h 05' 20"

Jumbo-Visma

3

Richard Carapaz (ECU)

83h 03’ 39”

00h 07’ 03”

Ineos Grenadiers

KOM Standing

Rider

KOM Points

Country

Team

1

Tadej Pogacar

107

Slovenia

UAE Team Emirates

2

Wouter Poels

88

Netherlands

Bahrain Victorious

3

Jonas Vingegaard

82

Denmark

Jumbo-Visma

KOM CORNER

Official pre-race summary for Stage 7 (July 2):

“The Tour de France hadn’t featured such a long stage since 21 years ago. 249.1km are on the menu of stage 7 from Vierzon to Le Creusot. The first 100km to Nevers, a famous town for the French bicycle industry with Look and Time, are pretty flat but the remaining of the race is a permanent up and down, notably in the Morvan national park. It’s very suitable for a breakaway from far out. It’ll also be interesting to see if GC contenders, particularly those who have already lost a significant amount of time to Tadej Pogacar in the Breton stages and the time trial (Ineos Grenadiers?) will try and use the climbs at the end to make it up. The unprecedented Signal d’Uchon is very much anticipated. It’s a 5.7km long climb with an average of 5.7% and gradients up to 18% with only 18km to go. It’s possibly the last chance for Wout van Aert to dethrone his arch-rival Mathieu van der Poel who expects a very difficult task on his way to Le Creusot.”  letour.fr - Stage 7

Official post-race summary for Stage 7 (July 2):

“The day after Slovenia took the presidency of the council of the European Union, Matej Mohoric claimed his first stage win of the Tour de France at Le Creusot while Tadej Pogacar saved his day after being put in difficulty early in the race by a big breakaway group comprising Mathieu van der Poel who defended his yellow jersey with a brave heart. On the other hand, Primoz Roglic lost contact with the top guns. It’s a Grand Tour trilogy completed by Matej Mohoric after he won in Cuenca at La Vuelta 2017 and Gualdo Tadino at the 2018 Giro d’Italia.

28 escapees, including the yellow jersey

177 riders took the start of stage 7 in Vierzon at 11.13. Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka-Nexthash) was the first on the offensive right after the flag off. The first half and hour was contested at 55km/h despite a slightly head wind as attacks kept going on. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) was the most active. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) reacted to hint that he wouldn’t let his arch-rival go. The fight led to the formation of a 29-man front group at km 40: van Aert, Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma), Dylan van Baarle (Ineos Grenadiers), Vincenzo Nibali, Toms Skujins, Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Kasper Asgreen, Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Imanol Erviti, Ivan Garcia Cortina (Movistar), Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe), Christophe Laporte (Cofidis), van der Poel, Xandro Meurisse (Alpecin-Fenix), Ruben Guerreiro, Magnus Cort (EF Education-Nippo), Dorian Godon, Michael Schär (Ag2r-Citröen), Soren Kragh Andersen (Team DSM), Philippe Gilbert, Harry Sweeny, Brent van Moer (Lotto-Soudal), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious), Simon Yates (BikeExchange), Hugo Houle (Astana-PremierTech), Campenaerts (Qhubeka-NextHash), Jan Bakelants, Boy van Poppel (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert) and Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels-KTM).

Mohoric and Van Moer away with 88km to go

UAE Team Emirates was prompt to take the lead of the peloton. Only TotalEnergies among the other four teams who weren’t represented in the breakaway put one rider (Jérémy Cabot) in the chase but the deficit kept growing slowly but surely. Mohoric and Van Moer sped up in the first climb of the day, the côte de Château-Chinon (km 161.5) where the peloton was timed with a deficit of 6’50’’ [maximum time gap: 7’30’’ at the 50km to go mark]. The duo forged on and got reinforced by Stuyven and Campenaerts with 46km to go. The yellow jersey group was reduced to ten riders in the côte de la Libération whereas Campenaerts let Mohoric, Van Moer and Stuyven go. Bonnamour rode in between but was brought back 23km before the end.

Mohoric wins, Pogacar saves his day, Roglic loses

Mohoric rode away on the way solo to Signal d’Uchon 19km before the end. Only Stuyven managed to not get caught by the yellow jersey group that arrived reduced at Le Creusot. Carapaz had attacked from the main peloton in the hardest climb of the day, looking at making it up for the time lost to Tadej Pogacar in the time trial but he was swallowed on the finishing line. Primoz Roglic suffered from his crash early in the Tour and lost more time (3’30’’) in this very demanding stage that is set to affect the riders on the eve of the Alpine weekend.”  letour.fr - Stage 7

THE CLIMBS OF STAGE 7 OF THE 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE

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CLIMB 1 (CAT 3) - CÔTE DE CHÂTEAU-CHINON 

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graph, profile grid, elevation, distance chart, Tour de France 2021, Stage 7, Climb 2, VC Cote de Glux-en-Glenne

CLIMB 2 (CAT 4) - CÔTE DE GLUX-EN-GLENNE

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graph, profile grid, elevation, distance chart, Tour de France 2021, Stage 7, Climb 3, Cote de la Croix de la Liberation

CLIMB 3 (CAT 3) - CÔTE DE LA CROIX DE LA LIBÉRATION

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CLIMB 4 (CAT 2; BONUS POINTS) - SIGNAL D'UCHON

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CLIMB 5 (CAT 4) - CÔTE DE LA GOURLOYE

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EXPLANATION OF KING OF MOUNTAIN, KOM POINTS AND BONUS POINTS

FOR THE 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE

KOM DEFINED:  Climb-related points are accumulated during the race and the rider with the most accumulated points at the beginning of the stage wears the red polka dot jersey that day and the rider with the most points at the end of the race is crowned that year’s Tour de France King of the Mountains.

“Category”:  When the mountain classification (King of the Mountains) was introduced in 1933, there were points given to the first 10 riders over the summit (10 for first, 1 for 10th).  In 1947, the Tour introduced two climb “categories” with a certain amount of points for the second category and twice as many as for the first category.  Over the years “categories” were added, in addition to an “Above” category (Hors or HC) and since 1979 there have been an HC (hardest), Category 1 (second hardest) on down to Category 4 (least difficult climb).

The category of the climb is significant for 2 reasons:

  • The points awarded for the TdF KOM for each climb is based upon the category of climb - thus, “category” is the basis for the points that are used to determine each year’s King of the Mountains.
  • Most cycling fans, particularly Grand Tour fans, are very interested in the climb “category” because that tells them how hard each climb on a stage is and where the riders will struggle more and the point in a stage where that day, or even the entire tour, will be won or lost.

KOM HISTORY:  King of the Mountains -- Mountain Classification victories (first recognized in 1933; jersey introduced 1975)

POINTS:  KOM points are awarded in two ways on the Tour de France:

  •  To riders first over the summit of categorized climbs (in descending order HC, 1-4).  
  • The higher the category the more riders receive points (HC points are awarded to 8 riders while CAT 4 points are awarded to only 1 rider).
  • Bonus point (see below).

TDF POINTS FORMULA:

Wikipedia has the best summary and graph we’ve seen for TdF KOM points distribution:

he points gained by consecutive riders reaching a mountain top are distributed according to the following classification:

Wikipedia - Mountains Classification - Tour de France

BONUS POINTS:  These points go towards the King of the Mountain designation and are awarded to the first (8 points), second (5) and third (2) riders reaching designated summits in the race.  

This year’s bonus points are given at the top of the following climbs:

Stage 2: Mûr-de-Bretagne (first passage)

Stage 7: Signal d’Uchon

Stage 8: Col de la Colombière

Stage 11: Mont Ventoux, second passage

Stage 14: Col de Saint-Louis

Stage 15: Col de Beixalis

MONEY PRIZES FOR KING OF THE MOUNTAINS

  • Prize for First to 4th place:
  • Winner = €25,000
  • 2nd = €15,000
  • 3rd = €10,000
  • 4th = €4,000, 5th €3,500, 6th €3,000, 7th €2,500, and 8th €2,000
  • Daily prize for wearing the Polka Dot jersey = €6,000
  • Per category climb:
  • HC
  • 1st = €800
  • 2nd = €450
  • 3rd = €300
  • Cat 1
  • 1st = €650
  • 2nd = €400
  • 3rd = €150
  • Cat 2
  • 1st = €500
  • 2nd = €250
  • Cat 3
  • 1st = €300
  • Cat 4
  • 1st = €200

Jacques Goddet Souvenir (Stage 18 Col du Tourmalet) = €5000

Henri Desgrange Souvenir (Stage 15 Port D’Envalira) = €5000

The maximum amount the KOM winner could earn if he won every stage and wore the jersey from Stage 2 to the finish is $178,250 Euros ($217,351)