BREAKING NEWS: Pogacar denies Roglic to effectively seal Tour de France glory

By Sports Desk September 19, 2020

Tadej Pogacar effectively clinched the Tour de France title with an incredible performance as Primoz Roglic wilted in a dramatic individual time trial on Saturday.

UAE Team Emirates rider Pogacar, obliterated Roglic's 57-second lead in the general classification on the 36.2-kilometre ride from Lure to La Planche des Belles Filles, winning the penultimate stage with a simply stunning display.

Barring any potential shocks on the procession into Paris on Sunday, Pogacar will take his place at the top of the podium in a Grand Tour for the first time in his career.

The 21-year-old Slovenian crossed the line after 55 minutes and 55 seconds, with his compatriot Roglic producing a time that was one minute and 56 seconds slower – only good enough for fifth.

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    Defending champion Primoz Roglic extended his early lead at the Vuelta a Espana to nine seconds as he finished second behind Marc Soler on stage two.

    Roglic appears especially determined to retain his red jersey in Spain, having been dramatically denied at September's Tour de France.

    And his bid for a second General Classification title is going to plan so far.

    Roglic was 19 seconds shy of Soler on Wednesday but led the chasing pack - including several other GC contenders - pipping Daniel Martin to claim the six-second bonus for second place.

    Martin finished third for the second day running, while Richard Carapaz - second on Tuesday - was fourth, the pair switching places in the overall standings.

    Victory was Spaniard Soler's reward for a late solo attack, pulling clear on the descent of the final summit for a first Grand Tour stage win.

    "I'm very happy because we're racing on home roads," he said. "This was a stage we really wanted to win and we'd studied the roads this week.

    "This is my first win in a Grand Tour and I'm very happy about that.

    "It pays us back for all the hard work done during what has been a very difficult year. It's great for all the team and I can only thank them for their support."

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    STAGE RESULT

    1. Marc Soler (Movistar Team) 3:47:04
    2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +00:19
    3. Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +00:19
    4. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +00:19
    5. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) +00:19

    CLASSIFICATION STANDINGS 

    General Classification  

    1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 04:22:24
    2. Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +00:09
    3. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +00:11

    Points Classification  

    1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 45
    2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) 34
    3. Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) 32

    King of the Mountains

    1. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) 14
    2. Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) 14
    3. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 6 

    WHAT'S NEXT?

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    "Today they tried, but my feeling was good," Almeida said. "I was feeling good again. But tomorrow is another day, I can have a bad one and lose everything."

     

    STAGE RESULT

    1. Ben O'Connor (NTT Pro Cycling) +00:07
    2. Herman Pernsteiner (Bahrain-McLaren) +00:31
    3. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) +01:10
    4. Ilnur Zakarin (CCC Team) +01:13
    5. Kilian Frankiny (Groupama-FDJ) +01:55

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    1. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 71:41:18
    2. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +00:17
    3. Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb) +02:58

    Points Classification  
    1. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) 221
    2. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 184
    3. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 90

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    1. Ruben Guerreiro (EF Pro Cycling) 198
    2. Giovanni Visconti (Vini Zabu-KTM) 148
    3. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) 82

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    After losing out on Tour de France glory to Tadej Pogacar in dramatic fashion in September, Roglic quickly laid down a marker in the final Grand Tour of the year.

    The Slovenian attacked on the category one ascent of the Alto de Arrate – the final test on the 173-kilometre stage from Irun to Eibar – and beat Richard Carapaz to the line to take a five-second lead in the General Classification.

    Only eight riders managed to stay within 10 seconds of Roglic, with Jumbo-Visma team-mate Tom Dumoulin and 2009 champion Alejandro Valverde – both considered among the other contenders for glory in Spain – already over a minute behind in the GC.

    Roglic said: "It's nice to win. I'm really happy. The team showed again that they're all really strong. They worked perfectly through the whole stage and in the end I was able to win so it's a beautiful start.

    "It was already hard before the final climb, and then we were going full gas. We have crazy guys like Sepp [Kuss] and I'm just happy to win it in the end.

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    STAGE RESULT

    1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 4:22:34
    2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS) +00:01
    3. Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +00:01
    4. Jhoan Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) +00:01
    5. Felix Grossschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) +00:01

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    General Classification  

    1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 04:22:24
    2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS) +00:05
    3. Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +00:07 

    Points Classification  

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    2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS) 20
    3. Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) 16 

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    2. Quentin Jauregui (AG2R La Mondiale) 6
    3. Enric Mas (Movistar) 6 

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