Tour de France Stg9 Pogacar wins, Roglic claims Yellow
British climber Adam Yates’ four-day run in the yellow jersey came to an end, Tadej Pogacar winning the stage.
British climber Adam Yates’ four-day run in the yellow jersey came to an end of stage nine on the Tour de France passing the jersey to Primoz Roglic with Tadej Pogacar winning the stage.
Yates doggedly retaining the race lead on yesterday’s first venture into the Pyrenees, the 28-year-old was eventually distanced on the final climb of the day, ending his stay at the top of the standings.
Twenty-one year old Pogačar added his first stage win at the Tour de France to his palmares, adding it to the trio of successes obtained in the Vuelta a Espana in 2019.
The Slovenian from the Emirati squad won the 9th stage of the Grande Boucle, 153 km Pau-Lauruns, outsprinting the group containing the new yellow jersey Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Marc Hirschi (Sunweb), Egan Bernal (Ineos-Grenadiers) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren).
The UAE Team Emirates rider becomes the youngest Tour stage winner in the 21st century.
Hirschi had led the race for 80 km, before being caught in view of the finish line by the chasing quartet on the ascent of the Col de Marie Blanque The group of the favourites was influenced by two attacks of Pogačar, with only Roglic, Bernal and Landa able to follow the UAE Team Emirates leader who had a near crash when he made contact with Roglic over the top of the climb.
Pogačar: “It is incredible to have won at the end of such a hectic day. Firstly I thank the team for the excellent work done throughout the stage. I am very happy, in the final my goal was to recover as many seconds as possible in the general classification, also aiming for bonuses, but the concentration was then turned to the sprint: I don’t remember exactly how I won the sprint, I just thought about pushing as hard as possible.
I arrive on the first rest day with a stage win, which is added to the one obtained in the first stage by my teammate Kristoff. I am happy with what we have done so far in this Tour, with only one off-day on the 7th stage”.
It was a relentless start to the stage with no breakaway forming before the peloton reached the first category Col de la Hourcère. Finally a small group edged clear as the race blew apart on the slopes and reduced the peloton to around 40 riders.
Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) then took off solo from the nine-rider breakaway group, while the bunch behind regrouped on the descent. Team Jumbo-Visma were leading the pack and the remaining eight riders from the original breakaway were caught with 40km to go on the penultimate climb of the day.
The lone leader opened up a maximum gap of 4’30” over the peloton, but the gap soon began to fall as the pace increased on the approach to the final climb. Team Jumbo-Visma continued to drive the tempo on the ascent as the group of favourites was whittled down kilometre after kilometre.
Yates found himself alone in the leading pack with the speed too much for Mitchelton-SCOTT teammates Mikel Nieve and Esteban Chaves. It was then Yates himself who was distanced as Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates) launched an attack and the general classification hopefuls were forced to chase.
The race leader was unable to go with the change in pace and instead set his own rhythm up the climb. The GC contenders continued to attack each other over the top, with Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma) taking the bonus seconds over the summit to move himself into the race lead on the road.
Meanwhile, Yates formed part of a chase group around one minute back on the select group of favourites. Hirschi was eventually caught inside three kilometres to go by the chasing GC group, with Pogačar taking the victory in a reduced sprint.
Yates crossed the line in 15th place, 54 seconds behind to end a four-day run in the jersey as the focus now turns to hunting stage victories when racing returns after tomorrow’s rest day.
"The break didn’t go until the climb really and I did my best, I knew coming into the race that I wasn’t 100% and I gave everything I could to hang on. I think we can be proud of what we did. We’ll freshen up now on the rest day and go after some stages.
"The pace was a little bit faster [today]. Like I said, I did what I could, but there’s some guys in better condition than me, so it is what it is. It’s a big honour riding in yellow, it was good fun while it lasted.
"The next couple of days are flat, there might even be crosswinds so it could be pretty easy to lose time and then we’ll see what happens. I said from the very beginning that there’s a lot of stage in the last week that suit me quite well, wo we’ll have a go and see what we can do."
Tomorrow will mark the first rest day, before beginning again with a flat trip from Ile de l’Oléron to Ile de Ré (168.5 km).
Stage nine result
1 - Tadej Pogacar (Slo - UAE-Team Emirates) 3hrs 55mins 17secs
2 - Primoz Roglic (Slo - Jumbo Visma) Same time
3 - Marc Hirschi (Swi - Sunweb)
4 - Egan Bernal (Col - Ineos Grenadiers)
5 - Mikel Landa (Spa - Bahrain McLaren)
6 - Bauke Mollema (Ned - Trek-Segafredo) +11secs
7 - Guillame Martin (Fra - Cofidis) Same time
8 - Romain Bardet (Fra - AG2R-La Mondiale)
9 - Richie Porte (Aus - Trek-Segafredo)
10 - Rigoberto Uran (Col - EF Pro Cycling)
1 - Primoz Roglic (Slo - Jumbo-Visma) 38hrs 40mins 01secs
2 - Egan Bernal (Col - Ineos Grenadiers) +21secs
3 - Guillaume Martin (Fra - Cofidis) +28secs
4 - Romain Bardet (Fra - AG2R-La Mondiale) +30secs
5 - Nairo Quintana (Col - Arkea-Samsic) +32secs
6 - Rigoberto Uran (Col - EF Pro Cycling) Same time
7 - Tadej Pogacar (Slo - UAE-Team Emirates) +44secs
8 - Adam Yates (GB - Mitchelton-Scott) +1mins 02secs
9 - Miguel Angel Lopez (Col - Astana) +1mins 15secs
10 - Mikel Landa (Spa - Bahrain McLaren) +1mins 42secs