Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) will no longer get on Sunday in the ninth stage of the Tour de France. Van der Poel chooses to focus on the Olympic Games, while Roglic suffer too much from injuries sustained in falls in the first week of the round.
Van der Poel rode in the yellow leader’s jersey for six days, after he was the first to cross the line last Sunday in the second stage with a finish on the Wall of Brittany. On Saturday he lost the yellow to Tadej Pogacar. In conversation with the Tour organization says Van der Poel to have made the decision in consultation with his team, so that he can properly prepare for his next goal. It was already known before the start of the Tour de France that Van de Poel would not complete the round, with a view to his participation in mountain biking at the Olympic Games.
Jumbo-Visma leader and tour favorite Roglic was already involved in a major crash caused by a spectator on the first race day, but suffered the greatest injuries in the third stage to Pontivy. In recent days, he had to let go of the group with other favorites, including his compatriot Pogacar, at an early stage. After Saturday, Roglic was in 51st place in the general classification with more than half an hour behind the leader.
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In a statement from his Jumbo-Visma team, Roglic says he wants to focus on his recovery and upcoming competitions. He is on the start list for the Olympic Games and the Vuelta, among other things. With the Dane Jonas Vingegaard, Jumbo-Visma still has an asset in the general classification of the Tour. He is fifth, exactly five minutes from Pogacar. On Sunday, the mountain stage to the ski resort of Tignes is on the program.