Primoz Roglic takes stage victory and climbs to podium position at Tour de France
Jul 27 2018 11:53 pm CET

Primoz Roglic takes stage victory and climbs to podium position at Tour de France
Primoz Roglic takes stage victory and climbs to podium position at Tour de France
Photo of Primoz Roglic © Mary Cárdenas /

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) has won the 19th stage of the Tour de France. The rider attacked on the last descent of the day and moved into a podium position in the General Classification.

The last mountain stage of the 2018 edition of the race was 200.5 kilometres long between Lourdes and Laruns and featured two climbs of the fourth category, one of the second category, one first category climb and two hors-category ascents.

The first breakaway was formed as riders managed to jump from the peloton. A group took the lead and included riders like Gorka Izagirre, Warren Barguil, Julian Alaphilippe, Bob Jungels, Adam Yates, Mikel Landa, Ilnur Zakarin, Romain Bardet, Bauke Mollema and Andrey Amador, among others.

In the peloton, Katusha-Alpecin tried to set a high rhythm, but without serious consequences. At the back of the pack, Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) was visibly in pain because of the crash of two days ago and lost time from the first climb.

At the ascent of the Cols des Borderes, Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) set a high pace that left Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome with only two domestiques: Michal Kwiatkowski and Egan Bernal. During the climb of the Col du Soulor, Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) attacked and went on his own, while in the front Landa also made a move and took Bardet with him.

At 33 kilometres to go, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) changed the rhythm but was soon caught by the rest of the favourites. A kilometre later, he tried again and this time he managed to leave Bernal and Froome struggling behind but some time later they connected with the group again and were joined by Dan Martin.

The next one to try his luck was Martin but he was reeled back in by the rest. Roglic was the next one to attack and Dumoulin and Thomas followed while Froome was dropped. The trio got to Kruijswijk and then to Bob Jungels and G. Izagirre while a group formed by Landa, Bardet, Zakarin and Majka rode together in front.

During the descent, Froome, Bernal and Martin got back to the favourites' group. At 21 kilometres to go and as the favourites' group was catching Landa and Bardet, Roglic attacked again and was followed by all the others.

One kilometre later, Bardet attacked and was followed by Roglic. The duo was caught by the others while in front, Majka started the descent on his own. The group headed down together and Roglic got to Majka and overtook him, while Dumoulin tried to keep him as close as possible.

The Slovenian created a gap with the others and crossed the finish line first, with Thomas taking second and Bardet third on the stage.

Thomas kept the GC lead, Dumoulin remained in the second position and Roglic climbed to the third position.




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