Primoz Roglic laid down a mark with success over phase four of the Tour de France as Julian Alaphilippe kept the yellow jersey.
Roglic was viewed as preferred for total success in this year’s parade before enduring injuries in an accident in the Criterium du Dauphine a month, but looked untroubled as he sprang forward to take the win in Orcieres-Merlette.
Alaphilippe and also Britain’s Adam Yates were a part of the pursuing team who followed Roglic on the line to guarantee no change near the peak of the standings, where Alaphilippe leads Yates by four moments.
The 160.5km point from Sisteron watched the Tour dip a toe to the Alps unusually early, although the last scale wasn’t one to compare those to emerge in the last week of the race.
Rather the continuous gradient was shot at high speed as Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma team commanded by the front, ensuring strikes were kept to a minimal.
Cofidis’ Guillaume Martin attempted a movement 500 metres to proceed, sparking other people into existence as Roglic revealed he had the maximum left in the tank, leaving defending winner Egan Bernal in his wake as the Colombian came home ahead of Yates in 10th.
While Yates stays next to Alaphilippe, Roglic is currently around third, seven minutes off the lead.
The Slovenian stated:”It had been rather a tricky day really, quite sexy, but the men did a excellent job, I had been constantly in a fantastic position and in the conclusion I might do a fantastic sprint.”
Asked if he’d rather have the yellow jersey,” he also added:”I must take it, I actually don’t really care. It was a wonderful day, we remained safe in the conclusion, we triumph that is better and we must continue like this.
“I am coming back [from injury]. We see that I’m coming back and today I will race daily feeling much better.”