Primoz Roglic finally grabbed the race leader’s yellow jersey after another hectic day of Tour de France racing in the mountains, while fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar won a final sprint to take the 9th stage ahead of Roglic in town de Laruns, France.
Roglic, the frontrunner this year alongside defending champion Egan Bernal, showed his solid climbing credentials on the final climb to dethrone overnight leader Adam Yates.
Roglic leads Bernal by 21 seconds. Frenchman Guillaume Martin is third, 28 seconds behind. Yates fell to eighth place.
EUROPEAN TOUR: John Catlin became the first American since Tiger Woods to win at Valderrama, surviving conditions so tough he did not birdie Sunday in his 4-over 75 as he stood for a one-stroke win in the Andalucia Masters in Sotogrande, Spain.
Catlin won the European Tour for the first time and denied Martin Kaymer another chance to end a six-year drought. Kaymer, who has competed in 156 events since his last victory at the 2014 US Open, was second for the second week in a row.
FORMULA ONE: AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly claimed an unlikely victory at the Italian Grand Prix after a chaotic race in which world champion Lewis Hamilton was given a 10-second penalty and the two Ferraris failed fail to finish on their home circuit.
Gasly, a 24-year-old Frenchman, finished 0.415 seconds ahead of McLaren driver Carlos Sainz and 3.358 ahead of Racing Point’s Lance Stroll on a totally unexpected podium. All three drivers had never won a race and each had only one top three ranking.
Hamilton appeared on track for a comfortable pole position victory, but was penalized for entering the pit lane after it closed to allow crews to clean up Kevin Magnussen’s crashed car that had stopped at proximity.
Hamilton was seventh, 17.245 behind Gasly.
TRUCKS: Ben Rhodes moved forward when he stood on the sidelines instead of pitting overtime at Darlington Raceway and held on for his first Truck Series victory in two years.
Sheldon Creed, who won two of the previous three races, was in the lead with three laps to go. But a wreckage involving Matt Crafton, David Ragan, and Josh Reaume brought out a warning and an OT.
Creed, who was racing at Darlington for the first time, searched for tires while Rhodes stayed on the track. Then Creed was called up for speeding on the pit lane, ending any chance he might have had to regain the lead.