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Roglic finishes off fantastic teamwork in Tour and wins at Orcières-Merlette

Roglic finishes off fantastic teamwork in Tour and wins at Orcières-Merlette

Primoz Roglic has won the fourth stage of the Tour de France in an impressive way. The Slovenian champion completed fantastic teamwork from his teammates in the first uphill finish. He is now third in the classification with Tom Dumoulin just behind him in seventh place. It is the fifteenth victory of the season for Team Jumbo-Visma.

The peloton maintained a tight pace in the stage from Sisteron to Orcières-Merlette, which made the gap with the breakaway never grow larger than five minutes. Team Jumbo-Visma was always at the front of the peloton and kept the leaders out of the wind.

On the final climb, Tony Martin, Wout van Aert and Sepp Kuss, among others, caused a big battle. The Belgian rode in front for one and a half kilometres, then the American took over the fast pace. Despite two attacks in the last kilometre, Roglic sprinted to victory. The yellow jersey remains in the hands of Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, Roglic follows at seven seconds.

"Everyone was very strong."

Primoz Roglic

For Roglic it is his sixth victory of the season. He previously won the final classification and two stages of the Tour de l'Ain, he was the best on the Col de Porte in the Dauphiné and became national champion of Slovenia. “It was a fast and quite difficult stage. The guys always kept me in a good position. Everyone was very strong. In the end I was able to deliver a nice sprint. I am very happy with that. We all arrived safely and we won. We must continue on this path. I feel better every day. In the second stage I already felt that it is all good.”

Tom Dumoulin was happy for his winning teammate. “It’s a fantastic day for the team. Primoz showed his class once again. He was really good and he also indicated that he wanted to win. The team was incredibly strong today. You can see that in the lead-out of Wout and Sepp. I didn’t feel really well today. In the end it was a fight to reach the finish line. Fortunately I was able to keep up with the first group. I hope I can improve my level in the coming days.”

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