Defending champion Tadej Pogacar stored management of the Tour de France on a rain-soaked second day within the Alps as a crash-filled opening week took its toll on rivals on Sunday.
Each final 12 months’s runner-up Primoz Roglic and former race chief Mathieu van der Poel dropped out of the race earlier than the grueling 144.9-kilometre route from Cluses to Tignes on Sunday.
Australian rider Ben O’Connor received the ninth stage after launching a solo break with 17 kilometres to go. Sergio Higuita was unable to observe the 25-year-old as O’Connor powered up the Col du Pre for the end at Tignes. It is his first tour win.
O’Connor completed greater than 5 minutes forward of Mattia Cattaneo in second. Pogacar responded to a late assault by Richard Carapaz to defend his general lead by ending sixth, simply over six minutes behind O’Connor.
UAE Crew Emirates rider Pogacar has a lead of two:01 over O’Connor forward of the primary relaxation day on Monday.
Van der Poel held the yellow jersey for six days however relinquished it to Pogacar on Saturday.
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“We determined with the workforce that it is in my finest pursuits to stop the race and give attention to the Olympics now,” the Dutch rider mentioned after pulling out.
Roglic crashed badly throughout Monday’s third stage within the western Brittany area and had been struggling since. The Jumbo-Visma workforce mentioned the Slovenian rider would give attention to new objectives.
“We took the choice all along with the workforce, it does not make sense to proceed,” Roglic mentioned.
Roglic carried out nicely in Friday’s time trial, however suffered within the 151-kilometre route from Oyonnax to Le Grand-Bornand on Saturday, when Pogacar seized management of the race. Roglic was already nearly 40 minutes behind his compatriot earlier than Sunday’s stage.
Roglic mentioned he stunned himself within the time trial however doubts returned within the first mountain stage Saturday when he was in loads of ache.
“It is simply an excessive amount of for my physique in the mean time and yeah, I can not race,” the 31-year-old mentioned. “I am disenchanted. I did not plan it to be the best way it’s, however in the long run, I’ve to simply accept it.”
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