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At it happened: GC contenders do battle in the Massif Central

LE-LIORAN, FRANCE - JULY 10: Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Red Bull – BORA – hansgrohe crosses the finish line during the 111th Tour de France 2024, Stage 11 a 211km stage from Evaux-les-Bains to Le Lioran (1239m) / #UCIWT / on July 10, 2024 in Le Lioran, France. (Photo by Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)


“Now we can all say that it’s verified that he’s in top shape. He beat me really good on the line. I did a pretty good sprint after that kind of stage. So it was a really tough day, but I enjoyed it, and it was a really beautiful day out there,” Pogačar said about the two-up sprint against Vingegaard.

Roglič shown here crossing the finish line in fourth, giving same time as Evenepoel

Primož Roglič came down with 1.1km to go on the way to the finish line in Le Lioran. Here are some details on his unplanned episode in the chase with Evenepoel.

Some news coming in now – it seems Primož Roglič has been reprieved, and been awarded the same time as Remco Evenepoel. His crash came within the final 3km, so, despite this not being a sprint stage, so he will only lose 25 seconds to the two leaders, rather than 55. 

That was yet another epic battle between the two great Tour de France contenders of their generation, Tadej Pogačar and Jonas Vingegaard. Pogačar defends the yellow jersey for now, only conceding one second due to bonus seconds earned earlier in the stage, but this was a victory for Vingegaard, both in terms of the stage win, and the psychological blow of coming back from so far behind to catch his rival on terrain supposedly better suited to him.

Incidentally, Pogačar took enough points to move into the lead of the King of the Mountains classification, but Abrahamsen will still wear the polka-dot jersey tomorrow as the Slovenian sports yellow.

Vingegaard had to dig deep right to the line, but just about had the energy to celebrate after crossing it. 

And here’ the updated GC. Despite his losses, Evenepoel just about hangs on to second overall.

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