Tour de France Stage 15 - Tadej Pogacar wins in duel for GC


Slovenian  Tadej Pogacar won stage15 of the Tour de France, reducing Primoz Roglic's lead to just over 40 seconds, in winning the sprint to the line.

Tour de France defending champion Egan Bernal dropped out of contention for the overall title, with the duel for the GC lead between the two Slovenian stars. 

In the general classification, the leader of UAE Team Emirates earns a 4 second bonus with victory over Roglic, which now stands at 40″. In third position, Rigoberto Uran (Ef) 54 ”from Pogačar.

As for the fight for the white jersey, the Slovenian now boasts a 2’35 ”lead over Enric Mas (Movistar).

Pogačar: “The race started at great speed until the breakaway went, and we had Marco Marcato there to cover it.

Jumbo-Visma set a very high pace and maintained it throughout the stage, which along with the heat meant it was better not to attack. In the final, I waited for the sprint and took another beautiful victory. Some of the GC guys were dropped and this was due the effect of the pace set by Jumbo-Visma. Tomorrow we’ll have the rest day, then I’ll try to give my best again: at the moment, Roglic seems unbeatable, but anything can happen, anyone can have a bad day, as happened today to Bernal or as can happen to me or to Primoz”.

Tomorrow the Tour will see its second rest day, before resuming on Tuesday with the 16th stage, the La Tour du Pin-Villard de Lans, 164 km with the ascents of the Cote de Virieu (4th category), of the Col de Gates (2nd category), the Cote de Revel (2nd category), the Montée de Saint Nizier du Moucherotte (1st category) and the final climb of the Cote 2000 (3rd category).

Stage 15 result
1 -  Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) 4hrs 34mins 13secs
2 -  Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) Same time
3 -  Richie Porte (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) +5secs
4 -  Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana) +8secs
5 -  Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar) +15secs
6 -  Sepp Kuss (US/Jumbo-Visma) Same time
7 -  Mikel Landa (Spa/Bahrain McLaren)
8 -  Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott)
9 -  Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Pro Cycling) +18secs
10 -  Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +24secs

General classification after stage 15
1 -  Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) 65hrs 37mins 07secs
2 -  Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +40secs
3 -  Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Pro Cycling) +1mins 34secs
4 -  Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana) +1mins 45secs
5 -  Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +2mins 03secs
6 -  Richie Porte (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) +2mins 13secs
7 -  Mikel Landa (Spa/Bahrain McLaren) +2mins 16secs
8 -  Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar) +3mins 15secs
9 -  Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea-Samsic) +5mins 08secs
10 -  Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) +5mins 12secs