Roglic pedals to glory in final mountain stage

Britain’s Geraint Thomas stretched his Tour de France yellow jersey lead on Friday as Slovenian Primoz Roglic won the 19th stage on the final day in the mountains to push Chris Froome off the virtual podium.

Thomas, who has held the race lead since stage 11 having won back-to-back stages in the Alps, finished second on the final stage in the high Pyrenees at 19secs behind Roglic after the Lotto-Jumbo rider had launched an impressive attack before the summit of the Col d’Aubisque.

The Welshman’s final sprint to clinch second place earned him six bonus seconds, which increased his overall lead on Dutch rival Tom Dumoulin to 2min 05secs ahead of the penultimate-stage time trial on Saturday.

Move to third spot

Roglic’s efforts saw him move up to third overall at 2:24 behind Thomas, with Froome now fourth at 2:37.

“I am really happy with this victory. It’s a really nice feeling to win again in the Tour,” said Roglic. “I felt really good. I tried several times (to attack) on the Aubisque and I finally got away in the descent. It’s perfect.”

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