Sassenage (dpa) – A Slovenian double victory is imminent in the 107th Tour de France. After 15 stages and 2648.5 kilometers, Primoz Roglic is 40 seconds ahead of his fellow countryman Tadej Pogacar in the general classification.
Egan Bernal, last year’s winner, is already out of the race and the other Colombian climbing specialists are already behind. – The tour favorites under control:
ROGLIC, PRIMOZ (Slovenia / 1st place): Does the former ski jumper have no weaknesses at all? The Vuelta champion was always in control of the situation in the Grand Colombier. Even on the steep slopes the competitors couldn’t hurt him. His first tour triumph is increasingly likely. Because the mountains are getting less and less and in the mountain time trial on the penultimate day after La Planche des Belles Filles, he gets more time.
POGACAR, TADEJ (Slovenia / 2nd / 0: 40 minutes back): The youngster is Roglic’s greatest danger. Because Pogacar is unpredictable. “All or nothing” is his motto. That could mess with Roglic’s super team Jumbo-Visma. If he wants to be at the top in Paris, he still has to spend a lot of time with his fellow countryman. Further attacks are guaranteed. “At the moment he doesn’t seem to be stopping. But maybe one day he will show weaknesses,” said Pogacar. However, he is on his own. His UAE team will not be able to help him much.
URAN, RIGOBERTO (Colombia / 3 / 1:34): The man from Urrao is acting as usual in the background. Experience is the 33-year-old’s great asset. He knows how to distribute his powers very well. Uranium is already on the 19th major tour of his career, reaching the top ten seven times. His biggest success was second place in the 2017 Tour. It is unlikely that he will make it to Paris in yellow. He cannot get close to the Slovenes. But a stage is within reach.
LOPEZ, MIGUEL ANGEL (Colombia / 4. / 1:45): The man from Pesca is a hot offshoot. After being knocked down by a spectator in the Giro d’Italia, he responded with a few strokes. He also needs this temperament on the bike to be able to intervene in top combat. So far, the Astana driver has struggled to keep up with the pace of the Slovenian stars. His hopes should rest on the 17th stage on Wednesday to the 2304 Col de la Loze. That is exactly his area – like at home in Colombia.