Tour de France: Pogacar wins stage 15, Roglic retains the lead

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Tadej Pogacar won the 15th stage of the Tour de France in a brutal final on Sunday as fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic retained the yellow jersey and last year’s winner Egan Bernal dropped out of the competition.Pogacar passed Roglic in the final sprint to the top of the Grand Colombier for his second stage victory. Roglic leads Pogacar by 40 seconds in total, against 44 seconds before the stage.

Last year’s winner Bernal dropped out of the leading group on the long climb to the Grand Colombier and appeared to lose his chance to hold on to the title as he fell to 13th, 8 minutes 25 seconds from the jersey yellow.

As the long climb of the Rhône valley began to arrive at the top of the Grand Colombier pass, the Jumbo-Visma team from Roglic had five riders, including the Slovenian in the peloton. They worked well together on the climb to protect Roglic and force a pace that put pressure on his rivals.

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In a year when the Tour turned into a battle between the Slovenian and Colombian riders on Sunday, the Slovenes clearly had the upper hand in the Jura mountains.

Colombian rider Bernal’s struggles on the climb ensure the end of a five-year streak of Tour victories by his team Ineos Grenadiers, formerly known as Team Sky. Another Colombian competitor for the yellow jersey, Nairo Quintana, started the fifth day but also fell back on Grand Colombier and is ninth 5 minutes 8 seconds from the lead.

Restrictions introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic were meant to ensure fans were limited to the flattest sections and foothills and not allowed to crowd the narrow approaches to the summit’s arrival. However, there was still cheering and waving flags near the top.



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