Stage 17 of the Tour de France brought with it the final mountain top finish of this year’s race, setting up a devilish finish for the general classification contenders to slug it out. With a breakaway out front and Bahrain McLaren suspiciously policing the peloton for much of the day, the race came to a sizzle on the ghastly Col de la Loze. Miguel Angel Lopez capitalised on the steep gradients – topping out at a terrifying 24 percent! – to catapult himself to his first Tour de France stage win, and third place overall. Behind, Primoz Roglic rolled across the line 15 seconds later to extend his lead (and perhaps end RogPog) over Tadej Pogacar, who ceded an additional 15 seconds.
Stage 14 of Tour de France 2020 presented perhaps the last opportunity for the sprinters before Paris and a dramatic showdown between Bora-hansgrohe and Deceuninck-Quickstep in the battle of the green jersey. The stage featured five categorised climbs over 194 kilometres, including two Category 4 climbs in the final 10 kilometres.
Executed by phenomenal teamwork, stage honours went to a solo Soren Kragh Andersen. Kragh Andersen attacked with 3km to go, and soloed to a fantabulous win. Back in the peloton, Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) and Simone Consonni (Cofidis) rounded out the podium. The general classification remained unchanged, with Primoz Roglic retaining yellow. Continue reading
Stage 3 of the 2020 Tour de France was a quiet day for the peloton after a weekend of ups and downs. And no team had quite the downs as Lotto Soudal, who lost both Philippe Gilbert and John Degenkolb to injury on the first stage. But a thinned-out team wasn’t going to stop Caleb Ewan from snagging his fourth career Tour stage win today in a hotly contested bunch sprint. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quickstep) hung on for second and the European champion, NTT’s Giacomo Nizzolo, crossed the line third. No change in the GC so Julian Alaphilippe spends another day in yellow.