Sport Tour de France: Sören Kragh Andersen takes second

20:46  18 september  2020
20:46  18 september  2020 Source:   dw.com

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While the top stars are holding back in the Jura, the Dane Sören Kragh Andersen is on his own way to victory in the Tour de France. Meanwhile, the fight for the green jersey is as good as decided.

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When the main field around the wearer of the yellow jersey rolled over the home straight, two professionals from the German Sunweb team had already given their first interviews. On this 19th stage of the Tour de France, the focus was not on overall leader Primoz Roglic or his challenger Tadej Pogacar, but rather on the classic specialists. After three days in the high mountains, it went through the foothills of the comparatively flat Jura Mountains in eastern France over 166 kilometers from Bourg-en-Bresse to Champagnole.

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While nothing spectacular happened in the first three hours of the race, it really got down to business a good 40 kilometers before arrival. From an intermediate sprint classification, a high-class escape group formed around Peter Sagan, Sam Bennett in the green jersey, Matteo Trentin, Greg van Avermaet and Jasper Stuyven. This quickly expanded their lead to around four minutes.

Sagan and Bennett briefly undecided

Ob sich daran noch etwas ändert? Roglic in Gelb, der beste Jungprofi Pogacar und Bennett im Sprintertrikot © Christophe Ena / AP / dpa / picture alliance Will that change? Roglic in yellow, the best young professional Pogacar and Bennett in the

sprinter jersey 20 kilometers from the finish, the Dane Sören Kragh Andersen took heart and tackled the rest of the stage alone. Sagan and Bennett, who mainly fight for the green jersey of the driver with the highest points, just looked at each other helplessly. Niklas Arndt, like Kragh Andersen from Team Sunweb, and also in the breakaway group, was able to put up his feet and watch the chasers from behind.

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Kragh Andersen ultimately drove towards an undisputed second success of the day on this tour of France. What was no surprise for team-mate Arndt: "We had chosen this stage weeks ago, nice that it worked. Tonight the champagne bottles will definitely pop again." Arndt finished sixth in the daily standings.

Quiet before the time trial

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Lukas Pöstlberger was very unlucky. The Austrian was stung by a bee in the mouth and showed an allergic reaction. To be on the safe side, he was taken to the hospital for safety. There it was quickly given the all-clear, but the tour ended prematurely for Pöstlberger.

In the overall standings, Roglic is still almost a minute ahead of his Slovenian compatriot Pogacar. The mountain specialist was able to conserve his strength with a view to the decisive time trial on the penultimate tour day on Saturday. Then it will go over 36 kilometers through the Vosges, initially flat, then more and more steeply uphill. Roglic crossed the finish line with his direct rivals seven and a half minutes after the day's winner Kragh Andersen.

Meanwhile the fight for the green jersey is almost decided. Irishman Sam Bennett should have secured that because three-time world champion Peter Sagan was unable to distance him decisively on the course. In the sprint to the finish, Bennett flexed his muscles again and wrestled the Slovak down here too. At the grand finale in Paris on Sunday, Bennett may not even have to score points to take home the sprinter jersey that Peter Sagan had won in the years since 2012 with one exception (2017).

Author: Tobias Oelmaier

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© Supplied by Sports.fr Joachim Andersen The bleeding could continue in Lyon where Joachim Andersen has already agreed with Torino. A season and then go? Just one year after arriving at Olympique Lyonnais , Joachim Andersen could already leave Lyon. Regularly confined to a replacement role by Rudi Garcia since this winter, the former Sampdoria player is struggling with this situation and would not be against returning to Italy, where Torino makes his eyes soft.

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