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Exceptional success of Roglič and Pogačar on the Tour de France

Slovenian cycling celebrates a historic success at Tour de France. Slovenian riders claimed a third double win at the Tour de France.

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Emirates) won the 15th stage of the race and Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) came in second, keeping the overall leader's yellow jersey.

Jumbo-Visma set a blistering pace, with Roglič at the helm, however Pogačar was the only one able to outmatch him at today's 174.5-km stage, which featured three steep climbs.

Stage nine

In the final sprint, Tadej Pogačar was faster than nine years older Primož Roglič and Swiss Marc Hirschi, who escaped at first and was leading alone for most of the stage, while the majority led by the Dutch Jumbo-Visma team at the top was preparing the ground for Roglič’s attack on the yellow jersey.

Pogačar, the great hope of Slovenian cyclism, became the youngest Tour de France stage winner in this millennium, while Primož Roglič made history in Slovenian cyclism by winning the yellow jersey.

Slovenia has thus become the 25th country to boast a yellow jersey wearer.

Stage four of Tour de France

In stage four, the Slovenian cycling ace and the best cyclist in the International Cycling Federation (UCI) Primož Roglič justified his position as favourite to take home the final victory. In the first phase with a mountain finish, he comfortably cycled to victory, delivering an excellent cycling performance.

After 160 kilometres of calm cycling on the slopes of the Alps, the last 500 metres marked a real explosion of events.

The final uphill sprint was decisive, in which Primož Roglič showed his brilliance and thus won the third stage of the Tour de France.

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The success of Roglič was complemented by Tadej Pogačar, who finished second and became the best young rider with the white jersey.

Stage four of the race in France showed how strong Roglič’s team is this season. Roglič did not forget to thank his team after an extremely fast last climb:  "It was quite a fast day and a quite hard stage. Again, the guys did a good job for me. I was in a good position the whole time. I had a nice speed for the finish and am very happy with the results," said the winner Roglič immediately after.

  • Tadej Pogačar in Primož Roglič

    Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič. Photo: Nik Jevšnik/STA

Both Slovenian aces, Roglič and Pogačar, who left some of the great cycling names in the dust, proved that they are in exceptional form and that this year’s Tour de France was led by Slovenian colours.

Author: Danila Golob

Date: 14. September 2020

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