Tadej Pogacar claimed victory on stage 15 of the Tour de France to close the gap on overall leader Primoz Roglic, as Egan Bernal's hopes of back-to-back titles came to an end.

Team Emirates rider Pogacar held off Roglic in a sprint finish on the Grand Colombier to take the win and 10 bonus seconds on the line, cutting the deficit in the general classification to 40 seconds.

Pogacar made his dash for the line with 100 metres to go and had the energy to pip yellow jersey holder Roglic, settling up a likely all-Slovenian shoot-out for the Tour title.

Defending champion Bernal will not be in the mix after the Team INEOS rider struggled to maintain the relentless pace set by Jumbo-Visma.

He began the day in third, 59 seconds off the pace, but is now out of contention in 13th after losing over seven minutes on the 17km climb to the summit.

A group of 12 riders entered the final kilometre together, with Trek–Segafredo's Richie Porte taking third place, five seconds behind the pacesetters.

Rigoberto Uran moved up to third in the general classification standings, one minute and 34 seconds behind Roglic, after finishing ninth on a gruelling stage 15.


Pogacar will not give up on claiming the yellow jersey without a fight, with this his second stage victory, but the fearless Slovenian acknowledged it will be incredibly difficult catching compatriot Roglic.

"Jumbo-Visma set a really high pace all day and it made it a really difficult stage so I was just waiting for the sprint at the end and I'm so happy to win again," Pogacar said.

"The plan is to win the Tour de France. Primoz Roglic seems unstoppable but today Bernal cracked and maybe one day myself or Primoz will crack - there are still a lot of opportunities ahead."


1. Tadej Pogacar (Team Emirates) 4:34:13
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 4:34:13
3. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) 0:05
4. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) +0:08
5. Enric Mas (Movistar) +0:15


General Classification

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 65:37:07
2. Tadej Pogacar (Team Emirates) +0:40
3. Rigoberto Uran (Pro Cycling) +1:34

Points Classification

1. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 269 points
2. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 224
3. Matteo Trentin (CCC) 189

King of the Mountains

1. Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) 36
2. Tadej Pogacar (Team Emirates) 34
3. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 33


After a rest day on Monday, week three begins with a 164km route to Villard-de-Lans, taking in narrow roads, difficult climbs and gorges. It contains five categorised climbs, culminating in the finish atop Villard-de-Lans.

Soren Kragh Andersen claimed his first stage triumph in the Tour de France after a blistering attack at the end of Stage 14 on Saturday.

Team Sunweb rider Andersen pounced with three kilometres to go in Lyon, with his late solo attack ultimately enough to clinch a surprising stage win.

In a sprint finish for the remaining podium places, Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) edged out Simone Consonni (Cofidis), while Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) – who crossed the line in 29th – retained the yellow jersey.

With Roglic keeping things steady on the 194km route from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon, Sunweb timed their attack to perfection.

Tiesj Benoot went first on the penultimate climb, and though he was caught, Marc Hirschi attacked with just under four kilometres remaining, opening up a gap which Kragh Andersen exploited.

Peter Sagan crossed over in fourth place, with the Slovakian closing to within 43 points of Sam Bennett in the points classification.


It was a remarkable push from Kragh Andersen, and from a youthful though inexperienced Sunweb team.

Sunweb have no contender for the yellow jersey, but they put together an excellent team ride on Saturday, leaving Kragh Andersen overcome with emotion.

"I feel very emotional. I've dreamed about this but it's hard to say you're good enough until you do it. I'm amazed," he said.

"I had really good legs the whole day but you never know how good the other guys are.

"It took me a long time in the Tour to get confidence in myself but I knew if I was suffering then they were suffering."

Sunweb, who also had Casper Phillip Pedersen finishing in the top five, are 18th in the team standings.


1. Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) 4:28:10
2. Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) +0:15
3. Simone Consonni (Cofidis) +0.15
4. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) +0:15
5. Casper Phillip Pedersen (Team Sunweb) +0:15


General Classification

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 61:03:00
2. Tadej Pogacar (Team Emirates) +0:44
3. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) +0:59

Points Classification

1. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 252 points
2. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 219
3. Matteo Trentin (CCC) 169

King of the Mountains

1. Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) 36
2. Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) 31
3. Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) 31


Stage 15 is a 174.5km mountainous route from Lyon to Grand Colombier, as Le Tour makes its way towards the Alps, giving defending champion Egan Bernal – one of the world's best climbers – a chance to shine. A rest day follows on Monday.

Romain Bardet was forced to abandon his latest bid for Tour de France glory following a heavy crash on Friday, despite finishing the 13th stage of the race.

The 29-year-old Frenchman, riding for the AG2R La Mondiale team, was one of several riders involved in a nasty incident near the midway point of the 191.5-kilometre stage.

He was able to continue but his team later said he would be withdrawn from the race due to concussion.

Bardet sat fourth in the general classification before Friday's stage, just 30 seconds behind leader Primoz Roglic, and said the end to his race was "quite the opposite of what I expected".

He drifted to 11th in the standings by the end of the stage and accepted his fate when the team pulled him out.

"The crash was severe, downhill at high speed, and I struggled all the rest of the day," Bardet said.

"The medical examinations confirmed what I already suspected, and I am not able to continue in the race.

"I know that my team-mates will give their best to finish the Tour de France with strong performances."

A team statement said: "Romain is suffering from a concussion the intensity of which he showed signs at the end of the stage, which necessitated that our medical team insist he undergo a brain scan at the Clermont Ferrand University Hospital, with the help of Dr Mathieu Abott of AS Montferrand.

"The CET scan did not reveal any lesions. However, Romain Bardet must stop all his sporting activities for the moment, and he will therefore not be able to take part in the start of the stage tomorrow."

Bardet has achieved five top-10 general classification finishes in his Tour de France career, going closest to overall victory when he was runner-up to Chris Froome in the 2016 race.

Marc Hirschi secured his first grand tour stage victory after producing a brilliant break on the 12th day of racing in the Tour de France, as Primoz Roglic stayed in the yellow jersey.

Team Sunweb rider Hirschi, a 22-year-old Swiss who won the under-23 road race world title in 2018, showed he belongs at the highest level now with a commanding performance.

He tore clear inside the final 30 kilometres on the ride from Chauvigny to Sarran Correze and was never directly challenged from that point.

It was a performance that hinted at possible greater successes further on in his career, with Hirschi following a second-place finish on stage two and third spot on stage nine by crossing the stage 12 finish line a comprehensive winner.

Danish rider Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Spaniard Imanol Erviti (Movistar) were passed with 42.5 kilometres left to race, marking the end of the race's initial breakaway.

Tiesj Benoot and Sunweb's Soren Kragh Andersen led that burst to the front, joined by Movistar's Marc Soler, who soon attacked to go it alone. Despite dropping back into a group of six, Soler mounted another charge to pull clear for a second time, but it would not be his day.

Instead, Hirschi made his move on the category two Suc au May climb, and soon stretched 30 seconds clear of Soler and Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe).

The pace of Hirschi's descent was as remarkable as his power uphill, and he retained the half-minute gap with 15 kilometres remaining before widening his lead on the road to the finish line.

France's Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) made an effort to narrow the gap to Soler and Schachmann, in the vain hope of then mounting a challenge to Hirschi.

In the end it was Pierre Rolland who crossed the line second, with Kragh Andersen third. Roglic was in a bunch two minutes and 30 seconds off the pace, his standing as general classification leader unaffected. 

Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme and four team staff members have tested positive for coronavirus.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that 59-year-old Prudhomme, who is not part of the 'race bubble', had been forced to self-isolate having contracted the virus.

One staff member from each of Team Cofidis, AG2R La Mondiale, Team Ineos and Mitchelton-Scott had also returned a positive test and been forced to leave the bubble.

However, the race resumed with its 10th stage on Tuesday with all 22 teams taking part as every rider had returned a negative result from the 841 tests administered on Monday and Tuesday.

On Prudhomme, a statement from the Tour read: "The testing campaign revealed that Christian Prudhomme has tested positive for COVID-19.

"The director of the Tour de France, taking his fourth tests in one month, will now quarantine for seven days.

"Although he was not part of the 'race bubble' and had not been in direct contact with any of the riders and their entourage, Christian Prudhomme still decided to get tested."

Prudhomme was in the lead car with French prime minister Jean Castex during Saturday's eighth stage.

Castex later tweeted to say he would follow medical guidance having learned about Prudhomme's positive test.

He wrote: "I will follow the protocol developed by the government and the health authorities. It applies to everyone.

"I will exercise the fullness of my functions by scrupulously respecting the health recommendations."

Primoz Roglic took the yellow jersey from Adam Yates as Tadej Pogacar won stage nine of the Tour de France.

Mitchelton-Scott rider Yates picked up the yellow jersey on Wednesday after Julian Alaphilippe was given a 20-second time penalty, but Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) took advantage of his slide ahead of Monday's rest day.

Yates was dropped on the final climb of the 153-kilometre mountain route from Pau to Laruns and consequently fell to eighth in the general classification, one minute and two seconds off the pace.

Rain made conditions tricky for riders during the early stages but Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) was in charge after the Col de la Hourcere and stretched his lead to more than four minutes on the approach to the final climb.

But the steepness of the category one Col de Marie Blanque proved too much for Hirschi as a quintet of riders caught him in the final two kilometres, with Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) sealing his first stage win in the Tour and Roglic taking the yellow jersey, despite the pair almost downing each other when touching wheels earlier in the race.

Roglic's lead is by no means emphatic, however, as defending champion Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) sits just 21 seconds adrift in the general classification.


Yates has looked a strong contender over the past few days, but Sunday was a step too far.

Stage nine provided a tough reminder of the standards required and the quality of those who had been chasing him down.

In the end, Yates ruefully accepted there were other riders simply in better condition than he was, but he is still feeling optimistic.

"A hard day," he said. "The break didn't really go until the climb. I did my best. I gave everything I could to hang on.

"I think we can be proud of what we did and freshen up now on rest day. I did what I could, but there were some guys in a better condition than me. It is what it is.

"I said from the beginning, there's a lot of stages in the last week that suit me quite well, so I'll have a go and I'll see what I can do."



1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) 3:55:17
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +0:00
3. Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) +0:00
4. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) +0:00
5. Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren) +0:00


General Classification

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 38:40:01
2. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) +0:21
3. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) +0:28

Points Classification

1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 138
2. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 131
3. Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma) 111

King of the Mountains

1. Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) 36
2. Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) 31
3. March Hirschi (Team Sunweb) 26


The race resumes on Tuesday with stage 10, a mostly flat section that is 168.5km in length. Somewhat unusually for the Tour, the stage will partly take place on two islands, starting on Ile d'Oleron and ending on Ile de Re.

Adam Yates fended off his general classification rivals to remain in the Tour de France yellow jersey after a stage eight won by Nans Peters.

Home hope Peters was the first over the line in the maiden mountain stage of the 2020 Tour, the second Frenchman to claim a stage win this year after Julian Alaphilippe's stage two victory.

However, it was a mixed day for the home riders as general classification hope Thibaut Pinot was dropped on the second climb of the day.

On a fascinating day in the fight for the yellow jersey, Mitchelton-Scott's Yates was able to retain his lead ahead of Primoz Roglic and Guillaume Martin.

Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) was out on his own having shaken off Ilnur Zakarin on the descent of the day's penultimate climb, and he won by 47 seconds from Toms Skujins and Carlos Verona.

Long before they completed the stage, Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) saw his race undone as the Tour entered the Pyrenees.

The 30-year-old, who started the day only 13 seconds behind Yates, appeared to be struggling with pain in his back as the race left him behind.

It had looked like Yates would relinquish the yellow jersey as various riders in the GC battle made breaks in the final 15 kilometres but he dug deep to keep his lead.



While Martin and Romain Bardet - currently third and fourth in the GC standings - very much remain alive, Pinot's hopes of entering Paris in yellow are virtually over.

France has not had a home winner of the Tour since Bernard Hinault in 1985 and Pinot had aspirations of ending that wait in a wide-open field.

Yet a crash in the opening stage appears to still be having an impact as he was left with a gap of almost 19 minutes to Yates.

His team manager Marc Madiot told Eurosport: "I still don't think that he's recovered from that crash on the first stage of the Tour.

"In the mountains, it's always difficult anyway. He's been struggling since the second stage and we really thought that he was feeling better.

"He just wasn't on the same level as he was on the Criterium du Dauphine."



1. Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) 4:02:12
2. Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) +0:47
3. Carlos Verona (Movistar) +0:47
4. Ilnur Zakarin (CCC) +1:09
5. Neilson Powless (EE Pro Cycling) +1:41


General Classification

1. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) 34:44:52
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +0:03
3. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) +0:09

Points Classification

1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 138
2. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 131
3. Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma) 106

King of the Mountains

1. Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) 35
2. Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) 31
3. Ilnur Zakarin (CCC) 25


Stage nine is the second successive mountain stage, and the final day of riding before the first rest day. A 153km stage from Pau to Laruns, riders will race at altitude of over 1,500 metres at one point.

Alexey Lutsenko powered up the brutal Col de la Lusette to claim a magnificent first Tour de France stage victory and Adam Yates retained the yellow jersey on Thursday.

Lutsenko was among eight riders to make a strong early break on the 191-kilometre sixth stage from Le Teil to Mont Aigoual and the Astana rider went solo 3.8km from the top of the lung-busting climb of the Col de la Lusette.

There was no catching the Kazakh, who produced a great tactical ride as he stormed to the biggest victory of his career three years after a winning his only Vuelta a Espana stage.

Lutsenko, 27, crossed the line 55 seconds before second-placed Cofidis rider Jesus Herrada, with Greg Van Avermaet third ahead of birthday boy Neilson Powless fourth.

Yates, donning yellow for the first time after Julian Alaphilippe was given a 20-second time penalty on Wednesday for an illegal feed, retained his advantage of three seconds over Primoz Roglic.

Alaphilippe looked like a man eager to prove a point when he made a late burst to finish fifth and claw a second back but remains 16th in the general classification standings, 15 seconds adrift of Yates.

The breakaway group started the first categorised climb, the Cap de Coste, with a lead of over five minutes from the peloton, but that was reduced significantly.

Van Avermaet was the virtual race leader as he went up the road with the breakaway group early on but ended the day 25th overall. 

Fabio Aru attacked from the peloton on the long ascent of the Col de la Lusette before being caught around 10km from the finish.



Lutsenko was on a mission to claw back some time on a tough stage and he felt the plans worked to perfection.

"This victory is very important for me. This is the Tour de France, the most important race in the world," he said. "I'm very happy. I've worked so hard to get this victory. All this work has paid off.

"Today we talked before the start, at the bus, with our DSs and our manager Alexandre Vinokourov… Since I had lost quite some time in previous stages, I had the chance to go in the breakaway.

"I did my best on the last climb to win. I never got dropped – I just kept a steady pace. The team car was telling us on the radio there were two very hard kilometres at the second part of the climb, so I rode my tempo and gave it all at those to create a gap big enough to win."



1. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) 4:21:22
2. Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) +0:55
3. Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) +2:15
4. Neilson Powless (EF Pro Cycling) +2:17
5. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) +2:52


General Classification

1. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) 27:03:57
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +0:03
3. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) +0:07

Points Classification

1. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 129
2. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 117
3. Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) 93

King of the Mountains

1. Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) 23
2. Michael Gogl (NTT Pro Cycling Team) 12
3. Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) 11


The riders will be hoping to avoid potential high winds during a seventh stage from Millau to Lavaur on Friday, which starts with a testing category three climb. The sprint teams will look to take command and set their speedsters for a dash at the end of a 168km route.

Adam Yates expressed his sympathy for Julian Alaphilippe after taking the yellow jersey off him due to a costly illegal feed on stage five of the Tour de France.

Alaphilippe was given a 20-second time penalty for taking a water bottle in the final 20 kilometres of the 183 km stage from Gap to Privas, which was won by Wout van Aert on Wednesday.

Yates was on the Mitchelton-Scott team bus when he discovered he had become the new race leader, with Deceuninck-QuickStep's Alaphilippe 16 seconds adrift of the Brit after his hopes of being the first French winner of the race since 1985 took a big blow.

A surprised Yates, who has an advantage of three seconds over Primoz Roglic, would have preferred to be donning yellow in different circumstances.

The Englishman said: "I don't think any rider would want to take yellow under these circumstances, I'd prefer to take it with my legs rather than the result of a time penalty.

"I didn't even find out until I was in the bus and showered. I feel bad for him."

He added: "I wanted to try something tomorrow, but I guess I'll wear the jersey tomorrow now, continue as normal and try and win stages.

"I just asked him [Alaphilippe] what happened because I only found out two minutes ago what happened. He just told me he took a feed or a bottle in the last 20 kilometres.

"I was already on the bus for a long time, I'd already had a shower and was ready to go home. But the director came up to me and told me I had to come up here [to be presented with the yellow jersey]."

Adam Yates took the yellow jersey after Julian Alaphilippe was given a 20-second penalty on a fifth stage of the Tour de France that was won by Wout van Aert.

Alaphilippe's bid to win the prestigious race on home soil suffered a big blow when he was sanctioned for an illegal feed in the final 20 kilometres of a somewhat sedate 183 kilometres ride from Gap to Privas.

Mitchelton-Scott rider Yates therefore takes over as the race leader with an advantage of three seconds over Primoz Roglic, with Alaphilippe dropping back to 16 seconds adrift of the Brit following the intervention of the officials

Jumbo-Visma celebrated a second stage win in a row as Belgian Van Aert pipped Cees Bol on the line for a second career stage win on Le Tour, a day after team-mate Roglic's triumph at Ocieres-Merlette.

There were no clear breakaways as the riders reached the final 10km and a roundabout-riddled route through the Rhone Valley.

Team INEOS stretched the peloton briefly but it was a packed group that entered the winding final 1500 metres before Van Aert, Bol and Sam Bennett led the charge to the line.

Van Aert reached 67.7km/h to claim a sixth victory since the beginning of August by little more than half a wheel.

Tour officials later confirmed Alaphilippe's penalty for an "unauthorised supply pick-up" to put Yates in yellow, while Bennett becomes just the third Irishman to wear the green jersey as the great Peter Sagan dropped to second in the points classification.


While he timed his controlled sprint superbly, Van Aert felt the stage as a whole was the most comfortable he has experienced.

"It was a hectic finish. It was maybe the most easy stage I ever did in a cycling race with no breakaway, not a high pace at all," said the 25-year-old.

"I knew it was a stage that suited me and I'm just so happy I got an opportunity from the team to go for it."


1. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) 4:21:22
2. Cees Bol (Team Sunweb)
3. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)
4. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
5. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)


General Classification

1. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) 22:28:30
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +0:03
3. Tade Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) +0:07

Points Classification

1. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 123
2. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 114
3. Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) 93

King of the Mountains

1. Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) 23
2. Michael Gogl (NTT Pro Cycling Team) 12
3. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 10


Stage six covers the 191km route from Le Teil to Mont Aigoual, featuring a daunting climb to the Col de la Lusette, the summit of which is only around 15km from the finish.

Primoz Roglic gave a powerful statement of his ambitions for Tour de France glory as he claimed victory in an intriguing stage four.

A host of the general classification contenders found themselves in the mix during a tactical, circumspect climb up Orcieres-Merlette.

Guillaume Martin attacked but Roglic and Egan Bernal got across him as this year's first mountain-top finish bubbled over on Tuesday.

Reigning champion Bernal was unable to hold the wheel of Roglic, who led home a Slovenian one-two ahead of Tadej Pogacar.

Julian Alaphilippe remains in the yellow jersey after coming home in fifth, retaining his four-second lead over Adam Yates, with Roglic up to third overall.

The stage victor should be buoyed by the supreme display from his Jumbo-Visma team, who offered far more effective protection than Team Ineos or Deceuninck-Quick-Step did for Bernal or Alaphilippe respectively.

There was a lucky escape for Tiesj Benoot of Team Sunweb, who was part of a breakaway group that hit the front early on.

With 25 kilometres to go, the Belgian rider skidded and crashed, flinging himself over the barriers. Fortunately, Benoot was able to continue and swiftly re-joined the peloton on a replacement bike.


Roglic believes his rivals can be in now doubt over his current form, a little over two weeks since a crash forced him out of the Criterium du Dauphine when leading. "I can race and every day, I feel a little better," he said. "It's nice to ride a bike again. I already proved on the second stage that I'm ready. We need to continued doing a good job with the whole team."

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 4:07:47
 2. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)
 3. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis)
 4. Nairo Quintana (Team Arkea-Samsic)
 5. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step


General Classification
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 18:07:04
 2. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) +0:04
 3. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +0:07

Points Classification
1.    Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 83
2.    Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 83
3.    Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) 80

King of the Mountains
1. Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) 21
 2. Michael Gogl (NTT Pro Cycling Team) 12
 3. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 10


The sprinters will be back to the forefront on stage five, with a largely downhill 183km from Gap to Privas in store on Wednesday. However, a gradual climb in the closing stages supplies a sting in the tail.

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