Second at the top of the Loze pass on Wednesday at the end of the 17th stage, Primoz Roglic consolidated his yellow jersey as leader of the Tour de France. His compatriot Tadej Pogacar, third on the line, however, did not say his last word. “It was really violent, you can collapse every meter on this slope. We are very happy when we cross that finish line, ”said the rider of the Jumbo-Visma team after the victory of Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez.
“It was a really good day for us,” said ‘Rogla’ after the finish. “I’m always looking to win. This time, I finished 2nd but I still took time on Tadej Pogacar. The team worked really well, especially Sep Kuss who was amazing in the final. I sent him in front to force the others to plug the hole and to see how it reacted, ”explained the 30-year-old Slovenian, who is 57 seconds ahead of his young compatriot, an advantage he does not considers “not yet sufficient”.
Pogacar shared the analysis of his elder. “I lost time on Lopez and Roglic but it’s not such a bad day either. It’s not over yet, there is still a difficult stage tomorrow (Thursday, editor’s note). The battle will still be tough, I can even lose my place on the podium. But in any case, I will try to the end, ”assured Pogacar, who is now first in the rankings for the best climber and the best youngster.
“The polka dot jersey? I saw at the top of the Col de la Madeleine that there were points to be taken, I went there. If I am in a position to keep this polka dot jersey, I would be very happy. But the goal is still the general classification, ”said the man who has already won two stages of this 107th edition of the Grande Boucle.