Miguel Angel Lopez moves to podium position after Tour de France stage win, Roglic extends GC lead
Sep 16 2020 11:26 pm CET

Miguel Angel Lopez moves to podium position after Tour de France stage win, Roglic extends GC lead
Miguel Angel Lopez moves to podium position after Tour de France stage win, Roglic extends GC lead
Tour de France

Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez has taken the victory of the 17th stage of the Tour de France after a solo effort on the last two kilometres on the Col de la Loze. Primoz Roglic extended his General Classification lead by crossing the finish line in the second position.

It was time of one of the biggest tests of the last week, the 17th stage which took the riders over a 170-kilometre route that featured the Col de la Madeleine and a finish on Meribel-Col de la Loze, both hors category climbs. The escape of the day included the winner of the previous stage Lennard Kämna, Richard Carapaz, Julian Alaphilippe, Dan Martin and Gorka Izagirre.

The escapees built a gap of more than six minutes with the pack but some of them couldn't resist the pace of the climbing and dropped until only Carapaz, Alaphilippe and Izagirre remained. Behind, Bahrain McLaren set the pace in the peloton for their leader Mikel Landa, who was then at the seventh position of the General Classification, at two minutes and 16 seconds from the leader Primoz Roglic.

With around 9 kilometres to go, Carapaz continued by himself in front after both Alaphilippe and Izagirre couldn't hold the pace. The pace set by the Bahrain-McLaren riders diminished the favourites group, but a move of the Jumbo-Visma riders dropped several riders, including Landa and Rigoberto Uran.

With four kilometres to go, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) tried his luck but was soon caught by a very small group that included Roglic, Tadej Pogacar, Sepp Kuss and Richie Porte. Some metres later, Kuss changed the pace and took Lopez with him, and the Colombian soon went away by himself.

Moments later, Roglic launched a new attack and reached Kuss and Pogacar could stay with the pair for a moment but soon started losing terrain. Lopez crossed the finish line by himself, while behind Pogacar tried hard to get closer to Roglic and arrived to the finish 15 seconds later than him.

The Slovenian champion remains in the first GC position, followed by Pogacar and Lopez.






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