Jumbo-Visma gave colour to the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France on Sunday. The Dutch cycling formation dictated the pace on the Grand Colombier, the long final climb in the race. It did not result in the stage win, as Tadej Pogacar beat Primoz Roglic in the final meters in a man-to-man battle. But there was a big tap to Team Ineos. Big loser of the day was reigning Tour champion Egan Bernal.
The fifteenth stage really ignited at the foot of the Grand Colombier. Jumbo-Visma led the front with Wout van Aert. At that time Pierre Rolland and Michael Gogl were still the leaders in the race. However, in the blowout of 17, 4 kilometres long with an average gradient of 7.1, things were still turned upside down.
Bernal biggest victim
Ineos-trump Bernal had to unload on the Grand Colombier after just a few kilometres. The pace of the Belgian Van Aert turned out to be too powerful for last years Tour winner. Until then Bernal was 59 seconds behind general classification leader Roglic, but will not win the Tour de France again this year. The Colombian rider was far behind.
Van Aert and his executioner thinned the peloton to about twenty men, with Tom Dumoulin still in the lead. The breakaway riders Rolland and Gogl were also caught up quickly in the end. At ten kilometres from the finish there were still eighteen men in front in the race. Five of them were in the service of Jumbo-Visma. The Dutch team kept control in the heavy finale. At nine kilometres from the top, Van Aert made room. At that moment he had already done a lot of damage to the competition.
Dumoulin back in top 10
Dumoulin took over halfway up the climb and then set the pace for kilometres. At that moment Bernal was already four minutes behind. In the last kilometre Dumoulin had to unload. Roglic then made an attack, but got his Slovenian compatriot and competitor Pogacar with him. The Jumbo-Visma headman was finally beaten by Pogacar.
Roglic remains the wearer of the yellow jersey. He is followed by Pogacar at 40 seconds. Number 3 in the general classification is Roberto Uran with a delay of one minute and 34 seconds. Dumoulin returned in the top 10, five minutes and 12 seconds behind teammate Roglic. Bernal lost more than seven minutes and was played out for the final victory. So the Tour of 2020 will have a new winner next Sunday.
The riders will enter the third week on Monday, but traditionally start with a rest day.
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