Tour de France: Doubts over Roglic's injuries evaporate at Orcières-Merlette

ORCIERES FRANCE SEPTEMBER 01 Arrival Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Celebration during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 4 a 1605km stage from Sisteron to OrcieresMerlette 1825m TDF2020 LeTour on September 01 2020 in Orcieres France Photo by Christophe Ena PoolGetty Images
Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Tour de France hadn't visited Orcières-Merlette for over three decades, but there was a definite air of déjà vu about Primož Roglič's stage win on Tuesday ahead of a small group of overall favourites.

For most of the climb, Deceuninck-QuickStep rather than Jumbo-Visma made the pace-setting. But then, just as at the Critérium du Dauphiné three weeks ago, a last-kilometre acceleration by the Dutch team's top out-and-out climber Sepp Kuss left Roglič poised to pounce for the stage victory - and pounce he duly did.

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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.