TADEJ POGACAR Claimed Victory in Stage 9 while his fellow countryman Primoz Roglic rode his way into the overall lead taking the Yellow Jersey
By Chuck Gibson (Interview quotes provided by Le Tour de France)
INTERNATIONAL (September 6, 2020) – There were times in today’s Stage 9 that it seemed Swiss rider Mark Hirschi had made the right winning move with a break-away, but it was not to be. After the final difficult climb, Hirschi was caught by other riders and Slovenian Tadej Pogacar claimed the Stage 9 win.
Adam Yates started Sunday’s Stage 9 ride wearing the Yellow Jersey for a fourth consecutive day and clinging to a 3-second lead over Primoz Roglic. At the end of the Stage Adam Yates had lost not only those 3 seconds, the overall lead and the Yellow Jersey, but had dropped all the way to 8th in the standings 1’ -02’ behind new leader Roglic. With Roglic taking the Yellow Jersey from Yates and Pogacar winning the stage, it was indeed a clean sweep for Slovenian’s Sunday.
“Everybody wants the Yellow Jersey once in his life,” said Roglic. “”It has been a very special day. The stage was really hard, we raced full gas from the gun. I saw my teammates were really motivated and therefore I decided to go for the yellow jersey. I’m super happy of this yellow jersey, especially for the guys.”
Roglic gave credit to his teammates for doing a great job keeping him in a good position throughout the stage. He says he wanted to win the stage, but extended congratulations to his countryman Tadej Pogacar for the win.
“It’s really nice to see him winning,” Roglic said. “We’ve exchanged positions from the previous time we sprinted for victory! I am not disappointed by the outcome of the race: you don’t get the yellow jersey every day.”
All the riders will be sleeping Monday – It is the first of two planned official rest days during the Tour de France. It is a most welcome respite after nine consecutive days of fast and rigorous riding. The Tour de France will return with Stage 10 racing Tuesday, September 8.