Primoz Roglic seized power in the final Pyrenean stage in the Tour de France. On the last mountain of the day, the Col de Marie Blanque, the 30-year old Slovenian attacked his competitors for the yellow jersey and took over the lead in the general classification from Adam Yates on the day before the first rest day.
In 2018, finish place Laruns Roglic was also in good spirits. He then won his second Tour stage there, after he had shaken off Tom Dumoulin, rider Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, among others, in a seething descent.
Tadej Pogacar took the win in the stage from Pau to Laruns. Marc Hirschi seemed to be soloing for the win in an impressive way, but the group of favourites caught up with the young Swiss over a kilometre before the finish
Dumoulin was again at the head of the peloton several times in the ninth stage. Like yesterday, he settled into a role as a servant for Jumbo-Visma leader Roglic. Dumoulin had to let go of the group of favourites in the final Pyrenean climb.
Fabio Aru definitively put the brakes on in the ninth stage. The 30-year-old Italian, winner of the Vuelta in 2015 and fifth in the general classification of the Tour in 2017, caught up soon after the start and got off the bike with eighty kilometers to go. Aru was working on a disappointing Tour de France. After the first eight stages, he was 29th in the general classification at more than eighteen minutes from attention-getter Yates.
It took a long time for the peloton to let a number of riders get away. Only on the toughest climb of the day, the Col de la Hourcère of the first category, Lennard Kämna and Hirschi managed to break away from the big group. Thibaut Pinot, who fell through the ice yesterday, also tried to join the breakaway, but was quickly caught up again.
Hirschi had no intention of taking it easy on the last Pyrenean ride. The 22-year-old Swiss rider pulled through hard, so that fellow fugitive Kämna could not follow. In the descent of the Hourcère the Sunweb rider was even further ahead of the chasers and the peloton.
On the last mountain of the day, the Col de Marie Blanque, Pogacar made several attacks, but 21-year-old Slovenian did not manage to catch up with the other favourites, including Roglic, Mikel Landa and Egan Bernal. His compatriot Roglic decided to set the pace in the group of favourites and didn’t let anyone leave.
Bernal, last year’s winner of the Tour, tried in the final meters of the climb, but Roglic caught up with him and came second, allowing him to add five bonification seconds.
Roglic, Pogacar, Bernal and Landa crossed the line with Hirschi. Pogacar was just faster than his compatriots Roglic and Hirschi in the sprint.