We are beginning to have a more precise idea of the name of the winner of the Tour de France 2020. It has been known for several days that he would be Slovenian. It could very well now be called Primoz Roglic. In yellow since September 6, the leader of the overpowering Dutch team Jumbo-Visma sat his power a little more this Wednesday, September 16 on the frantic slopes of the Loze Pass.
With this 17th stage between Grenoble (Isère) and Méribel (Savoie), Roglic has taken extra time from his main opponent and compatriot Tadej Pogacar (UAE). Four stages from the finish in the capital, Roglic, who started from Grenoble with 40 seconds ahead of his runner-up, now has 57 over his youngest junior. Enough to go to Paris? Probably not yet, but given the way Roglic behaves as a boss, he can look forward to the end of the week with immense serenity. In particular the stopwatch leading to the Planche-des-Belles-Filles on Saturday on the eve of the Champs-Elysées.
Roglic is therefore more than ever the boss of the Tour and he confirmed his power under the eyes of the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron who was waiting for him at the finish. “It was a great stage. The final climb and the wall were impressive. I would rather be in a car than on a bicycle, he said. The French were unlucky, like Romain (Bardet) and Thibaut (Pinot), but they showed they had heart. Julian (Alaphilippe) was on the attack today. It’s a good message, because even when it’s hard, you have to hang on. “
A first for Miguel Angel Lopez
Roglic’s grip on the race should not make us forget the winner of the day: the Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez. The rider of the Astana team takes part in his first Tour, wins his first stage and, icing on the cake, climbs on the third step of the podium of the general classification. A place that he also has every chance to keep until Paris. “For the moment, I do not yet plan on this podium. I am taking advantage of the present moment and I will consider the last stages one by one ”, confides the Colombian, one of the new revelations of this Tour de France like no other.
Lopez’s victory further marks the domination of two nations on the Tour: Slovenia and Colombia. And the French? They are far away once again. Julian Alaphilippe tried his luck, but the old yellow jersey cracked at the first laces of the Loze pass, a monument that will quickly return to the Tour as this summit is already a giant.
Note that the winner of the 2019 Tour, Egan Bernal, suffering from back pain, did not start this stage.