Roglic tightens Tour de France grip as champion falters


"It's the Tour de France and another day behind us". "Nobody stood a chance", said Pogacar.

Dan Martin was 21st home, over five minutes behind the victor, and now sits in 35th place on the General Classification.

Tiesj Benoot went first on the penultimate climb, and though he was caught, Marc Hirschi attacked with just under four kilometres remaining, opening up a gap which Kragh Andersen exploited.

"Of course he wants to win the tour", Rasch said "He's a good leader and a good lad".

"Jumbo-Visma set a really high pace all day and it made it a really hard stage". Pogacar, however, was the freshest man in the finale as he outsprinted Roglic for the victory at the end of a punishing 174.5km trek in the Jura mountains.

Romain Bardet started the day in fourth just 30 seconds off the lead in a region where his grandmother lives, but his luck ran out with a heavy fall left him in 11th overall three minutes off the pace.

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Sunweb have no contender for the yellow jersey, but they put together an excellent team ride on Saturday, leaving Kragh Andersen overcome with emotion.

The duo crossed the line 38 seconds ahead of a grimacing Bernal, who slipped to third in the general classification, 59 seconds off the pace.

"I was not going well from the first climb, to be honest, I was nearly dropped there, I was suffering from the first climb".

"I managed to hold on and win with a late sprint", said Martinez, who formed a heart with his fingers on the finish line. I told the team I was not good, but then I was trying to fight until the final and give my best, " he said in a statement from Ineos Grenadiers. "I'm really happy with the team effort from the guys today, they made it hard enough that I could find the flawless moment to attack".

Two-time runner-up and fellow Colombian Nairo Quintana also quickly lost contact with the leading group led by Roglic's Jumbo-Visma team mates, who set a frantic tempo from the bottom of the climb.

Restrictions introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic were supposed to ensure that fans were restricted to the flatter sections and foothills and weren't allowed to throng the narrow approaches to the summit finish.