Roglic will increase lead in Tour de France
Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez received the hardest mountain stage of this yr’s Tour de France, whereas race chief Primoz Roglic added a couple of essential seconds to his benefit over rival Tadej Pogacar on Wednesday.
The much-vaunted 17th stage noticed Roglic ending 15 seconds behind Lopez in second place, whereas Pogacar trudged over the road 30 seconds behind Lopez in third place.
However with one other powerful day of climbing to come back Thursday, Roglic remained cautious of the risk posed by his Slovenian countryman.
The 105.4-mile trek’s closing ascent to the Meribel ski station was the excessive level of this yr’s race at 2,304 meters, winding up a Loze go by no means earlier than ridden and with tortuous gradients of 24%. Lopez timed his assault completely with just below Three kilometers to go whereas Roglic accelerated away from Pogacar, who clawed a few of the hole again however might need bid farewell to his probabilities of profitable the general title.
The occasion concludes Sunday, in Paris.
Roglic is 57 seconds forward of Pogacar with 4 phases remaining. Lopez overtook Rigoberto Urán to maneuver as much as third general and is 1 minute, 26 seconds behind Roglic. (AP)
Djokovic returns with out incident: Novak Djokovic behaved higher in his first match since being defaulted from the U.S. Open. The highest-ranked tennis participant was largely courteous with the chair umpire and had no interplay with the road judges throughout a 6-3, 6-2 win over native wild-card entry Salvatore Caruso in his opening match on the Italian Open, in Rome. Djokovic’s efficiency got here in sharp distinction to the scene in New York 10 days in the past, when he was disqualified for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball.
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