Roglic displays strength on Tour's 1st mountain stage
Roglic, the Spanish Vuelta champion, used the race's first summit finish Tuesday in the ski resort of Orcieres-Merlette to erase any lingering doubts surrounding his form. Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe managed to follow the late accelerations and kept the race leader's yellow jersey after crossing the line in fifth place. Roglic couldnt drop any of his rivals but used his power to prevail in the sprint launched by Frenchman Guillaume Martin with 500 meters left. Overall, Alaphilippe kept a four-second lead over Adam Yates of Britain, with Roglic three seconds further back. Stage 5 will take riders from Gap to Privas on a mainly flat route suited for sprinters.
Ill wind blows the battle for yellow at the Tour de France wide open
Britain's Chris Froome of Team Sky in the Vuelta a Espana cycling race after Stage 21 on September 10, 2017, in Madrid, Spain. Not since 1985, Bernard Hinault's fifth and final triumph, has a Frenchman won their nation's foremost event and it clearly hurts. It was fitting and perhaps an omen that Bernal was presented with his yellow jersey for winning Paris-Nice by the legendary Belgian Eddy Merckx, a five-time winner of the Tour de France. "It's a bit special, more open, it'll be a much different Tour than usual. The next three weeks will see legends born, reputations enhanced or diminished, but like every previous Tour de France is guaranteed to be memorable.