Roglic resilient despite last-gasp Tour de France defeat

Team Jumbo-Visma rider Slovenias Primoz Roglic wearing the overall leaders yellow jersey down rests after crossing the finish line at the end of the 20th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race a time trial of 36 km between Lure and La Planche des Belles Filles on September 19 2020 Photo by Christophe Petit Tesson various sources AFP Photo by CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSONAFP via Getty Images
Primoz Roglic wearing the overall leaders yellow jersey is consoled by Jumbo-Visma teammates after stage 20 fifth place finish (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Final chapters of the 2020 Tour de France hardly could get any crueller than they did for Primož Roglič  (Jumbo-Visma) on Saturday, as the Slovenian lost the overall lead he had held so confidently for a fortnight, almost within sight of the Champs Elysées.

For the last two weeks, Jumbo-Visma had done virtually everything right, racking up the stage wins, keeping the yellow jersey safe, and Saturday’s time trial to the Planche des Belles Filles represented the last possible obstacle en route to victory.

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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.