Slovenians took the laurels on the Tour de France on Sunday as rookie Tadej Pogacar won a Pyrenean mountain slog and his compatriot Primoz Roglic grabbed the overall lead. Overnight leader Adam Yates of Britain made a valiant effort to keep hold of the yellow jersey but fell gradually away on the final climb as the gradient hit 12 percent. Pre-Tour favourite Roglic has been the form man this season and after Sunday’s second place finish leads defending champion Ineos leader Egan Bernal of Colombia by 21 seconds.
“Everbody dreams of wearing the yellow jersey one day in his life so first off I’m just happy how things are,” said Vuelta a Espana champion Roglic.
“It’s a fight for every second now and lots off things will happen to each of us on the road to Paris,” he said.
When asked if he worried that Bernal was beathing down his neck after Jumbo put the hammer down for nine days, he shrugged.
“No-one could go as hard as Egan did there on the last climb,” he said.
“We can enjoy a well deserved rest day now,” he said.
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