Primoz Roglic took time on all his rivals except Tadej Pogacar on Friday in the thirteenth stage of the Tour de France and so the joy was great with the yellow jersey wearer and his Jumbo-Visma team.
"This was a perfect day for us," said Tom Dumoulin after the finish atop the terribly steep Pas de Peyrol.
"It gives us a lot of courage to ride for the yellow in this way, it is very special what we as a team are doing. I hope it will continue to go well until Paris."
Roglic crossed the line in the grueling ride through the Massif Central together with fellow countryman Pogacar.
The Slovenian duo took thirteen seconds on Richie Porte and Mikel Landa, sixteen seconds on Miguel Ángel López and especially 38 seconds on defending champion Egan Bernal.
The leader of INEOS Grenadiers dropped to third place in the standings, 59 seconds behind Roglic.
Pogacar, who concedes 44 counts on the yellow, rose by dot from seven to two.
"It was a Slovenian day," Roglic smiled at his press conference.
"I am very happy with how the stage went today and very happy that we are now first and second in the standings with Slovenia. It is no surprise to me that Tadej is so good, but it is still special to compete with a fellow countryman. to be at the top of the Tour. "
Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic are currently the best riders in the Tour. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic are currently the best riders in the Tour.
(Photo: Pro Shots)
'Primoz turned out to be super good again'
Jumbo-Visma controlled most of the stage, without developing a blistering pace.
The Dutch team thought it was fine that a large leading group without dangerous riders took almost ten minutes for the classification.
On the penultimate climb, the steep Col de Néronne, INEOS took command of the peloton.
"They are of course also here to win the Tour, so they have to try something", said Dumoulin.
"They did well, but in the end it came down to the leaders themselves in the last 2 kilometers. And Primoz proved to be super good there again."
Roglic felt perfectly at home on the flanks of the extinct volcano Puy Mary, where the slope no longer dipped below 11 percent in the final phase.
"Pooh, the last 2 kilometers were very tough, but I thought it was a nice climb", said the Slovenian.
“From the foot I could already see where we had to go and then I thought: this is going to hurt. It was short, but I think we were all on our limit. I am very happy that I was one of the best. "
The yellow jersey wearer then rushed to say that he is far from winning the Tour.
Dumoulin also emphasized that there are still quite a few tough days to come, especially next week in the Alps.
"It is all still fairly close together in the classification, so we also know that the Tour is still far from being decided", said the Limburger, who himself is thirteenth in the classification at 4.32 minutes.
"But it is very satisfying that Primoz is doing so well."
See also: View the classifications of the Tour de France with Dumoulin in thirteen