Pogacar wins the on the Grand Colombier as Quintana and Bernal lose time

Tadej Pogacar sprinted to Victory on the steep slopes of the Grand Colombier, as Roglic put time into the rest of his rivals

The big losers on the day were Quintana and Bernal who were distanced with around 13kms of the final climb of the Grand Colombier.

Rigoberto Uran rode himself onto the podium in 3rd place behind the Solvienian Duo.

Yates and Porte both attacked on the final climb, with Yates moving up to 5th overall and Porte 6th.

Lopez, Landa and Mas all finished in what was left of the peloton, Lopez in 4th place, Landa 7th and Mas 8th overall.

Quintana fought back to limit his time losses, but fell to 9th overall, with Roglic's companion Dumoulin rounding off the top ten.

Egan Bernal finished behind the leading group 8 minutes 25 seconds behind the yellow jersey and dropped to 13th overall,

No one else is within a minute of Roglic, with Uran now third at 1:34 and Lopez fourth at 1:45. Yates, Porte, and Landa are all still in the fight at just over two minutes, while Mas moves up to eighth at 3:15.

Tadej Pogacar said after his second stage victory, "We thought today was really a stage first to go in the breakaway we had Marcato but then Jumbo just set the pace really high all day and made it a really difficult stage. In the end, I was waiting for a sprint. I’m so happy to win again.I think Jumbo was really prepared for today. In my point of view, there was no sense to attack. I don’t know what happened to Bernal but Jumbo did a really hard pace today and some riders paid for it.For the moment Roglic seems unstoppable but today Bernal cracked and maybe another day I will crack or Roglic. We don’t’ know in a three-week stage race. There are still opportunities."

Egan Bernal said after the stage “Today I lost three years of my life. My back is not the excuse. Now the team will have to change our plans through the rest of the race. “Winning the Tour is impossible now. I did my best, for myself and for the team. There are other riders who are stronger than me, and I have to accept that. I felt empty and had no strength. There are no other excuses. I just didn’t have the legs. I was already suffering on the first climb,” Bernal said. “I told my teammates that I was on my limit. I tried to fight to the end, but I knew I would never get up the final climb.”

The stage started with Eight riders in the breakaway; Kévin Ledanois (Arkéa-Samsic), Simon Geschke, Matteo Trentin (CCC Team), Jesús Herrada (Cofidis), Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates), Niccolo Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie), Michael Gogl (NTT Pro Cycling) and Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) and built up a lead of over 4 minutes.

With 70 kms to go Simon Geschke attacked and Jesús Herrada joined him on the climb of Montée de la Selle de Fromentel. Michael Gogl (NTT) went solo on the downhill of the next climb of the Col de Biche. Rolland caught Gogl and the pair hit the Grand Colombier with a lead of 1:30 over the yellow jersey group but were reeled in by the thinning Jumbo Visma led peloton.

VIDEO: 2020 Tour de France Stage 15 Highlights

2020 Tour de France Stage 15 Top 10

1 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 04:34:13
2 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma
3 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 00:00:05
4 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 00:00:08
5 Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 00:00:15
6 Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 00:00:15
7 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 00:00:15
8 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 00:00:15
9 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Pro Cycling 00:00:18
10 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 00:00:24

2020 Tour de France GC after Stage 15 Top 10

1 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 65:37:07
2 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 00:00:40
3 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Pro Cycling 00:01:34
4 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 00:01:45
5 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 00:02:03
6 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 00:02:13
7 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 00:02:16
8 Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 00:03:15
9 Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic 00:05:08
10 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 00:05:12

 
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