Five years after starting cycling at the age of 22, former ski jumper Primoz Roglic became the first Slovenian to win a Tour de France stage as he soloed to victory in Serre-Chevalier after riding Alberto Contador off with 6.5km left in the ascent to the col du Galibier. Chris Froome retained the overall lead but Fabio Aru lost his second place to Rigoberto Uran.read more
“I hope Marcel [Kittel] is fine. I heard he crashed when I was already in the breakaway. It's not nice to get the green jersey in those circumstances but I've also fought a lot for having it. I won't let it go. And now the Champs-Elysées stage is much more open as Marcel was the hot favorite.”read more
“I was surprised about Fabio Aru dropping today. I expected him to attack. But in a Grand Tour, it's the third week that really tests everyone. Personally, I felt a lot better than in the Pyrenees one week ago, hopefully same legs tomorrow. My team was also brilliant under pressure. I rode behind Dan Martin because I didn't want to get into the same situation as last week when some GC riders went up the road and nobody wanted to chase. My legs felt good so why not keep everyone in check....read more
“When I crashed at the beginning of the race, I've been scared that all I built over those three weeks of racing suddenly collapsed. Everything had gone well for me in this Tour de France until that crash. But I quickly realized that only my bike was damaged. The ascent to the Galibier was very fast but I knew the climb and I knew where to attack to go and grab some KOM points. Then on the podium I heard that I was now in the top 10 overall, I was shocked. At the end of the day, it's...read more
“It's been a very difficult day. I didn't have the best of days. I lost some time there in the final. But I didn't blow up massively. I still think I limited my losses ok. I saw the same thing with George Bennett the other day. He lost contact and eventually lost four minutes so I did well limit my losses. Tomorrow I'll do the best I can.”read more
“I'm ok. When I attacked I knew it would be a hard race. I started 5.50 behind the breakaway and there were 33 very strong riders. I decided that I'd try to take the group and if I'd do it, I'd try to win the stage. It was like a time trial. I feel sorry for the team that has been extraordinary with [Michael] Gogl, [Jarlinson] Pantano, Bauke [Mollema] who has been impressive. In the last part of Galibier, I paid for this big effort I made on la Croix-de-Fer. It was a long stage in the...read more
“Somehow it feels nice to become the first Slovenian stage winner of the Tour de France. But it's also crazy that I'm the man who can make some cycling history for Slovenia as I was not a cyclist until I turned 22. I was probably dreaming of winning a Tour de France stage and that's why I started cycling but dreaming is one thing, the reality is another one. Just to participate to the Tour de France was something beautiful for me. To realize that I have the abilities to win a stage is...read more
The col du Galibier (alt. 2642m) is one of the giants in the legend of the Tour. It's the third highest in the history after La Bonnette (2802m), the Iseran (2764m) and Agnel (2744m). It's the highest stage finish in the history since Andy Schleck won up there in 2011. Interestingly, the climb that hosts the memorial of race founder Henri Desgrange hasn't been on the Tour route since 2011. Actually, it was in 2015 but it was substituted by the col de la Croix de Fer due to a pile of rubble....read more
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