Slovenian riders making a mark in 2020 Tour de France

By Chuck Gibson (Interview quotes provided by Le Tour de France)

INTERNATIONAL (September 14, 2020) – Tadej Pogacar proved his strength climbing the mountains claiming the win in Stage 15 with a climb to the finish line.

Tadej Pogacar claims victory in Stage 15 on Sudnay with his fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic close behind . (Provided)

Pogacar finished ahead of his fellow countryman and overall leader Primoz Roglic to hold second place overall and gain time on the Yellow Jersey rider. The two are creating a lot of excitement for Slovenians with their success in the Tour. While they are friends and fellow countrymen, they do not ride for the same team and are fierce competitors on the bicycle. Roglic holds a 40 second time gap lead over Pogacar with a rest day on Monday and still six stages left to race.

 “We are good friends but we both want to win,” said Roglic of the competition between the two from Slovenia. “He was just stronger and I was a bit disappointed to lose the stage.. I don’t think the suspense on GC is over. I would like it was! We are in a really good position, but it’s far from over yet.”

Primoz Roglic continues to wear the Yellow Jersey and hold the overall lead in the 2020 Tour de France (Provided)

“I guess Egan Bernal is no longer a rival,” said Pogacar. “As I said, Jumbo-Visma set a really hard pace today and some riders paid for it. At the moment, Roglic seems unstoppable. But today Bernal cracked and maybe one day myself or Primoz will crack too. There are still a lot of opportunities ahead.”

Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar are first and second and both seem unstoppable right now. The Tour resumes Tuesday with Stage 16 following the second and final rest day on Monday.

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