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by Neal Rogers
July 20, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Roglic solos to Tour de France stage victory in Alps, Aru loses GC time; Kittel forced to abandon Tour de France after crash, cedes green jersey to Matthews; David Lappartient makes radical pitch for Brian Cookson’s UCI presidency; After postponed awakening from coma, Claudia Cretti shows first signs of awareness; UCI, transgender athlete settle human rights application to promote inclusive sporting environments; Cascade Cycling Classic issues statement after criticism of UCI women’s prize purse; Photo of Pawel Poljanski’s bulging veins reaches mainstream media; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 17 highlights; Video: ‘How cool is that?’ Michael Matthews gets police escort to team hotel after Stage 16 victory.
Slovenian Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) overcame an early crash on Stage 17 to solo to victory at the Tour de France Wednesday, riding clear from a breakaway over the Col du Galibier to finish ahead of a fractured group of GC contenders.
Roglic, a former ski jumper, finished 1:13 ahead of Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac), Chris Froome (Team Sky), Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), Warren Barguil (Sunweb), and Mikel Landa (Team Sky), while further back, Fabio Aru (Astana), who started the day second overall just 18 seconds down, crossed the line in tenth place, 31 seconds back, dropping to fourth overall. With the win Roglic, 27, became the first Slovenian to ever win a stage of the Tour de France.
“It’s incredible. There are no words. It’s crazy,” Roglic said. “I can’t describe all these feelings. I decided to go for it. My girlfriend and my family are here today, which was extra motivation.”
Earning six seconds time bonus, Uran moved into second overall, 27 seconds behind Froome, and tied with Bardet.
“I expected very much a shadow-chasing match between the GC guys today,” Froome said. “That was my mentality over the final climb, to do enough to follow the other guys, but not do too much with tomorrow in mind. It was interesting to see, this late in the game, that some guys are struggling. Fabio Aru was the most noticeable GC contender to lose time, but let’s see what happens tomorrow. It’s the last hard stage of this year’s Tour, a mountaintop finish on the Col d’Izoard. It’s still all to play for.”