Primoz Roglic won the fourth stage of the Tour de France on Monday.
The leader of Jumbo-Visma turned out to be the strongest of a thinned group of favorites on the uphill finish.
The 157-kilometer stage between Sisteron and Orcières-Merlette had a vicious conclusion with a first category climb, which was 7.1 kilometers long with an average gradient of 6.7.
On that climb, the classification men reported to the front and it was Jumbo-Visma that checked.
American Sepp Kuss launched Roglic, who was by far the strongest in the final sprint.
The yellow jersey remains in the hands of Julian Alaphilippe.
The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider did not budge in the group with favorites and finished fifth.
With his convincing victory, the thirty-year-old Roglic confirms his status as the top favorite for the overall victory.
He recently showed his form in the Critérium du Dauphiné, among others.
Six escapees do not make it
Monday's stage was initially colored by six refugees, of whom Alexis Vuillermoz of AG2R La Mondiale, who was 3.53 minutes behind on yellow jersey wearer Alaphilippe, was the best placed.
The sextet got a maximum lead of about four minutes.
In the final, the peloton came closer mainly thanks to the efforts of Alaphilippe's team Deceuninck-Quick-Step and Jumbo-Visma.
The leading group fell apart and Krists Neilands of Israel Start-Up Nation remained solo, but the Let was also swallowed up by the group of favorites.
On the final climb, Roglic turned out to be the strongest of a fairly large group of favorites.
The Tour de France continues on Wednesday with a largely flat stage over 183 kilometers between Gap and Privas, which probably means that the sprinters will again have a chance for day success.
See also: View the Tour de France classifications with Dumoulin in seventh place