Tour de France

Stage 4) Sisteron - Orcières-Merlette

FR France, Tuesday 01 September 2020
160.5 km

Tour de France: Alaphilippe remains in yellow after Orcières-Merlette

Tour de France: Alaphilippe remains in yellow after Orcières-Merlette

Visited for the first time in 1971, when Luis Ocaña crushed all his rivals en route to one of the most dominant wins ever seen at the Tour de France, Orcières-Merlette returned on the race after 31 years. First summit finish of this edition, coming at the end of a stage that featured four other classified climbs, Orcières-Merlette witnessed another strong and composed display of Julian Alaphilippe, who retained the yellow jersey, that he will now sport for the 17th time.

The stage that started from Sisteron was animated by six riders, whose margin was kept in check by Deceuninck – Quick-Step. Our team had also another goal for Tuesday – help Sam Bennett get as many points as possible at the intermediate sprint in Veynes, and the Irish Champion didn’t disappoint. Bennett emerged as the fastest when the bunch passed through there, some three minutes behind the escapees, and is now on equal scores with the green jersey classification leader.

The huge and impressive amount of work of our team paid dividends on the early slopes of Orcières-Merlette (7.1km, 6.7%), where the last survivor of the breakaway was caught. Dries Devenyns and Bob Jungels continued to set the pace until with four kilometers to go, when other teams became more prominent at the front and ramped up the pace. No moves came until with 300 meters remaining, when an acceleration of Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) saw the Slovenian claim the victory.

Fifth at the top, Alaphilippe – who remained in the yellow jersey – took us through the finale of stage 4: “The main goal of our team was to control the race and keep the jersey. The guys did an amazing job and I’m very proud of them. In the end, I would have liked to win, but the tempo was very high in the closing kilometers and I was a bit on the limit. I’m not disappointed, others were just stronger today. On the other hand, having the yellow jersey makes me very happy and relaxed. Every day I spend in it gives me a lot of joy and satisfaction and I hope my run will continue.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
4:07:47
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
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3 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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4 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
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5 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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6 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
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7 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
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8 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
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9 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
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10 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
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66 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:12
83 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:23
120 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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129 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:48
145 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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159 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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169 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:56
1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:07:04
2 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
0:04
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:07
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:11
5 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:13
6 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:17
7 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
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8 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
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9 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
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10 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
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56 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:29
83 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:37
114 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36:48
115 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36:59
140 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
48:43
156 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
51:00
166 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
53:54
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
83 pt
2 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
83 pt
3 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
80 pt
4 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
61 pt
5 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
51 pt
6 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
50 pt
7 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
47 pt
8 Bryan Coquard
43 pt
9 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
36 pt
10 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
32 pt
23 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19 pt
41 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
69 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
18:07:15
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:06
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
0:15
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
0:34
5 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
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6 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
4:10
7 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Pro Team
7:51
8 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
12:07
9 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
14:22
10 Neilson Powless
EF Pro Cycling
17:55
13 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36:37
24 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
53:43
1 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R La Mondiale
21 pt
2 Michael Gogl
NTT Pro Cycling
12 pt
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
10 pt
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
8 pt
5 Quentin Pacher
6 pt
6 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
6 pt
7 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
8 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
6 pt
9 Nicolas Roche
Team Sunweb
5 pt
10 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
4 pt
16 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 EF Pro Cycling 54:22:46
2 Trek - Segafredo 0:32
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 0:40
4 Bahrain - McLaren 1:51
5 INEOS Grenadiers 2:13
6 Movistar Team 2:14
7 UAE-Team Emirates 3:38
8 Astana Pro Team 3:47
9 Groupama - FDJ 4:52
10 AG2R La Mondiale 6:15

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