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Primoz Roglic has claimed yet another victory for Team Jumbo-Visma. The Slovenian leader was supreme on the Col de Porte and climbed to the second consecutive stage victory for his team in the Criterium du Dauphiné. The national road champion also takes over the overall lead from teammate Wout van Aert.
It is the twelfth victory for Team Jumbo-Visma in 2020 and the eighth in the last thirteen days. For Roglic it is his fifth victory of the season.
In the stage with the finish on top of the Col de Porte, an early breakaway was successfully controlled by Tony Martin, Robert Gesink and overall leader Van Aert. After Team Ineos had done its job on the final climb, Sepp Kuss pulled through and kept going with Roglic following in his wheel. Going into the final kilometre, Roglic accelerated, after which no one was able to follow. Tom Dumoulin had a mechanical at the start of the climb and, like Steven Kruijswijk, he had to give in a little more than a minute.
“It is a good result for our team”, Roglic said. “We have shown once again that we prepared well for these races. The whole team did a great job and I am glad I was able to finish it off. We knew it was going to be a difficult stage with a tough final climb. Perhaps the toughest this week. We controlled the stage from the start. The boys were very strong and we finished it perfectly. I am very happy with this victory. I certainly cannot complain with how it is going after having won the Tour de l’Ain and this stage. I am happy with every race I can ride this year and I am very happy with the way things are going now. Both for me and for the team. But we are not there yet. The next three days are going to be tough and we have to stay sharp and focused.”
Sepp Kuss supported Roglic until the last kilometre and made a strong impression. “I felt really good. The pace of Team Ineos was high from the start of the climb and it was mainly a matter of keeping your rhythm and trying to follow. After Ineos was done, I increased the pace because I knew Primoz could finish it off on such a finish. He did, and how! We have once again proved that we can work well together as a team and that our confidence is very high. I am already looking forward to the coming days.”