Ice-cool Roglic strengthens lead, exhausted Bernal fades


PUY MARY (France), Sept 11

Primoz Roglic tightened his grip on the Tour de France general lead as he dropped defending champion Egan Bernal within the last ascent of a gruelling 13th stage within the Massif Central immediately.

Colombian Dani Martinez prevailed from the breakaway on the finish of a punishing 191.5-km trek from Chatel-Guyon earlier than the large weapons battled it out within the finale of the quick, but brutal, climb as much as the Puy de Mary, the place the typical gradient rose above 11%.

Ineos-Grenadiers Colombian chief Bernal, who fares higher on longer ascents, couldn’t maintain the tempo when Tadej Pogacar accelerated, with fellow Slovenian Roglic the one rider capable of comply with. The duo crossed the road 38 seconds forward of a grimacing Bernal, who slipped to 3rd within the common classification, 59 seconds off the tempo. The 21-year-old Pogacar is now second, 44 seconds behind Roglic. — Reuters



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