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Tour de France leader Vingegaard loses key ally Roglic

Tour de France leader Vingegaard loses key ally Roglic

RODEZ (France): Tour de France leader Jonas Vingegaard took a body blow as his co-captain Primoz Roglic pulled out of the 21-day bike race ahead…

Sunday, Jul 17

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RODEZ (France): Tour de France leader Jonas Vingegaard took a body blow as his co-captain Primoz Roglic pulled out of the 21-day bike race ahead of Sunday’s stage 15 run to Carcassonne.
Vingegaard is locked in a desperate struggle with defending champion Tadej Pogacar after wrestling the lead from him in spectacular manner in the Alps.
Roglic was injured in a fall on the cobbles of the northern French mining roads on stage five, but was fundamental in causing Pogacar’s meltdown on the Col du Granon on the second of three Alpine stages this week.
Vingegaard and Roglic started the Tour as co-captains of Jumbo-Visma, but the older of the two now trails by over 30 minutes.
On Saturday’s stage Roglic actually joked that he was now preparing for the Vuelta a Espana, of which he is three-time defending champion.
But Sunday’s announcement not only comes as a surprise, it also weakens Vingegaard, who leads Pogacar by 2min 22sec thanks to the collective efforts of his team.
Roglic said he was leaving to "allow my injuries to heal properly."
"We have decided that I won’t start today," Roglic said on the Jumbo-Visma team Twitter account.
"I’m proud of my contribution to the current standings and I trust that the team will realise our yellow and green ambitions."
The move will also give him ten days extra to prepare for the Vuelta.
Former ski-jumper Roglic, 32, has been suffering from […]

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