Roglic remains on track for Paris after final full mountain stage of Tour de France

Primoz Roglic of Team Jumbo Visma in action during the stage 18 of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race from Meribel to LaRochesurForon 175 km in France Thursday 17 September 2020 This years Tour de France was postponed due to the worldwide Covid19 pandemic The 2020 race starts in Nice on Saturday 29 August and ends on 20 September BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
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One more day down and Tour de France leader Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) once again came through the mountains unscathed, with his 57-second advantage over Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) intact on the final full mountain stage in the Alps and with his chances of taking the race outright looking better than ever.

On a stage with 4,600 vertical metres of climbing, Roglič's yellow-and-black 'train' of climbers never faced more than the briefest of challenges, when Pogačar took advantage of an attack by Enric Mas (Movistar) to accelerate away briefly.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.