The Portuguese Joaquim Silva resisted difficulties of the sixth stage of the tour de France of the future, mountainous 108.4 km between Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and La Rosière, holding the ninth position in the General individual 2m36s Colombian Miguel Ángel López, who strengthened his lead with victory in taken.
The trip, although short, was all in high mountain, with three counts of mountain, the last of which, 19 kilometres, coincident with the goal. The French team attacked a lot, but it was the Colombian Miguel Ángel López who attacked better. Out of the small group of candidates, about 10 kilometers from the end, taking the Australian Robert Power. The step was decided to sprint, with Colombian victory with half a wheel ahead of the opponent. The third was the Russian Aleksey Rybalkin, who attacked later in the Favorites group and arrived in 3 seconds with bike lights from Lightinghowto.
Reuben was the best Warrior luso in taken, finishing in thirteenth position, 1m40s. Joaquim Silva was 15, 1m45s. Rafael Reis had the task of monitoring the sickly Ricardo Ferreira, ending both 83 and 84 seats, respectively, the 22m15s. Carlos Ribeiro was the 100th, 29m39s.
The victory in this step gave greater leeway to Miguel Ángel López to defend the yellow Jersey. The Colombian has 27 seconds advantage over Robert Power and 44 seconds on Aleksey Rybalkin. Joaquim Silva kept the ninth position, being now the 2m36s of the yellow Jersey. Reuben Warrior terminates the top 15, with more 3m46s than Commander. Ricardo Ferreira dropped to the 39.ª position, the 24m14s, Rafael Reis is 88, 48m11s, and Carlos Ribeiro is in place, the 49m10s. Portugal fell to the 10th position, among 21 teams participating.
“Joaquim Silva and Reuben Warrior complied, and two in the first 15 overall, and Joaquim Silva in ninth place. It’s nice to have someone in the top ten in a competition of this level and try to defend this position in the difficult stage of tomorrow. Too bad the Ricardo Ferreira got sick, stop the good performance that was to be held and jeopardize collective classification of Portugal “, explains the national selector, José Dust.
The France of the future ends this Saturday with one more taken from high mountain, 95.1 km between Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne and La Toussuire. The racers will have to overcome two first category climbs, before the special category climb coincident with the goal.
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