Primoz Roglic powers to stage 4 win: Daily Tour Digest

by Dane Cash


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Primoz Roglic won the first summit finish of the 2020 Tour de France, out-kicking his rivals in the final hundred meters of the ascent to Orcières-Merlette.

Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma team pushed a high tempo on the first-category climb, whittling down the GC group while discouraging any attacks, and a select group was still together at the front into the final kilometer. Guillaume Martin tried to go from a few hundred meters out but was brought back. When he kicked again to start the sprint with 200 meters to go, Roglic responded emphatically, surging past. Tadej Pogacar tried to match his Slovenian compatriot’s speed but there was no catching Roglic, who nabbed the stage 4 victory at the line.

Pogacar took runner-up honors with Martin finishing third just ahead of Nairo Quintana. Juilan Alaphilippe finished in fifth place, maintaining his hold on yellow. Most of the other GC notables – including Egan Bernal, Tom Dumoulin, and Thibaut Pinot – finished on the same time as the race leader, but reigning Giro d’Italia champ Richard Carapaz lost time on the day, hitting the line 28 seconds down.

The 160.5-kilometer fourth stage saw six riders jump clear early, with Nils Politt, Krists Neilands, Tiesj Benoot, Alexis Vuillermoz, Quentin Pacher, and Mathieu Burgaudeau forming the day’s break, but the move was never given too much breathing room. Although the escapees attacked each other for mountain points, the situation on the road hardly changed over the course of a hundred kilometers, with the peloton working to keep the gap manageable.

With around 30 kilometers to go, Benoot crashed out of the break, breaking his frame in the process. Politt lost touch a few minutes later. Neilandts soloed away from his remaining breakaway companions with around 15 kilometers to go and pushed on as the survivor from the break until he was reeled in with around seven kilometers to go.

Jumbo-Visma set a fast pace up the climb with Ineos just behind most of the way up. But for a short-lived attack from Pierre Rolland, things stayed more or less together into the finale, where Martin tried to get clear. He initially opened a small gap, but it didn’t last. When he tried again, Roglic exploded past and held on to take the win.

Top 10, stage 4

1 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 4:07:47
2 POGACAR Tadej (UAE-Team Emirates)
3 MARTIN Guillaume (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits)
4 QUINTANA Nairo (Team Arkéa Samsic)
5 ALAPHILIPPE Julian (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
6 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel (Astana Pro Team)
7 BERNAL Egan (INEOS Grenadiers)
8 PINOT Thibaut (Groupama – FDJ)
9 LANDA Mikel (Bahrain – McLaren)
10 YATES Adam (Mitchelton-Scott)

Top 10, GC

1 ALAPHILIPPE Julian (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 18:07:04
2 YATES Adam (Mitchelton-Scott) 0:04
3 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 0:07
4 POGACAR Tadej (UAE-Team Emirates) 0:11
5 MARTIN Guillaume (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) 0:13
6 BERNAL Egan (INEOS Grenadiers) 0:17
7 DUMOULIN Tom (Team Jumbo-Visma)
8 CHAVES Esteban (Mitchelton-Scott)
9 QUINTANA Nairo (Team Arkéa Samsic)
10 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel (Astana Pro Team)

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Today’s featured image of Julian Alaphilippe winning stage 2 of the Tour de France comes from Cor Vos.

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