Matej Mohorič celebrated the victory at the roundabout stage in France, the longest since 2000.
This year’s At the clearly longest stage of the tour of France, the greatest attention was focused on Slovenian rivals, who had enough cause for both great joy and sorrow.
Slovenian Matej Mohorič ran away from other detached competitors about 20 miles before the finish. His strength was eventually enough for a superior stage victory, the first of his career to drive around France.
“I didn’t think I could win if I waited until the last ascent, so I decided to attack early. At first I just focused [mäkikirikilpailun] to secure the shirt, but when I noticed the difference, I decided to try until the end, ”Mohorič repeated in the stage finish on the top of the exercise bike.
Mohorič, 26, has now won the stage in all three major laps. He is the 103rd cyclist to reach this achievement of all time.
Mohorič of the Bahrain Victorious stable will start the stage on Saturday wearing the yellow shirt of the leader of the hill race. Even in the overall competition, he rose to fourth place with the help of his winning margin.
On Friday the program had a seventh leg, the longest single leg of 249 kilometers since 2000. The stage winner, Mohoričilla, took five hours and 28 minutes to complete.
The section in central France started at Vierzon and ended at Le Creusot. The route passed through, among other things, Nevers, known from Magny-Cours’ F1 track.
The stage ended with a undulating section which, despite the lack of the sharpest rises, proved disastrous Primož Rogličille.
The Slovene, one of the pre-favorites of the overall competition, fell several times in the first stages, and, plagued by the consequences, he has not been able to perform at the top. Roglič eventually suffered a loss to the main team in more than four minutes, and he is now out of the race’s winning battle at the latest.
Saturday the roundabout continues on the first stage of the race. The 150-kilometer stretch ends with three first-class ascents and descents from the renowned Col de la Colombière.
After seven stages, the overall competition will be led by a Dutchman from the Alpec-Fenix team Mathieu van der Poel.
Probably the biggest winner of the race Tadej Pogačar is in fifth place three minutes and 43 seconds away from van der Poel.
The green shirt of the points race is worn by a British cycling legend Mark Cavendish, who has already won two stages. Cavendish, who has now won 32 stages in his career on the Tour, is aiming Eddy Merckxin an all-time milestone record (34).