Zakarin's poor descending costs him at Tour de France

Tour de France 2020 - 107th Edition - 7th stage Cazeres - Loudenvielle 141 km - 05/09/2020 - Ilnur Zakarin (RUS - CCC Team)- photo POOL Sunada/BettiniPhoto©2020
Ilnur Zakarin (CCC Team) comes across the line for fourth place in Loudenvielle (Image credit: Bettini Image)

The Tour de France tests the gamut of riders' skills, from positioning to cornering, avoiding crashes and responding to attacks, but it was descending skills – or a lack thereof – that cost Ilnur Zakarin (CCC Team) a chance to fight for a stage win on the first day in the Pyrenees on Saturday.

Eventual stage 8 winner Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) was with Zakarin at the front on the race on the Hors Categorie Port de Balès with 35km to go and admitted that he felt the Russian was the stronger rider.

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