Pogacar maintains Tour stranglehold

12 July 2021 03:34:19 GMTPlus10

American Sepp Kuss took the honours in the 15th stage of the Tour De France on Sunday but yellow jersey holder Tadej Pogacar was able to maintain his stranglehold on the General Classification.

With a week to go, Pogacar is 1/1000 to finish the race in Paris as the winner, while Jonas Vingegaard is 150/1 and Richard Carapaz is 500/1 for glory.

Vingegaard and Carapaz both made moves to attack from the yellow-jersey group but Pogacar was able to repel them and will take an advantage of five minutes 18 seconds into the second rest day of the Tour on Monday.

Colombia's Rigoberto Uran is the Slovenian's closest rival while Vingegaard is a further 14 seconds behind.

Kuss's success was the first for an American at the Tour for a decade and he took advantage of a break on the final climb as the race moved over the border in the Pyrenees to finish in Andorra.

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Veteran Alenjandro Valverde looked set to push him all the way in the descent but the Spaniard was unable to maintain his challenge and finished 23 seconds behind.

Kuss said he will now concentrate on trying to help Jumbo Visma team-mate Vingegaard narrow the gap in the GC.

"I've had some victories, some memorable, but I never thought I'd win a stage on the Tour de France," Kuss said.

"It's good to have a rest day tomorrow, and recuperate and relax. Now we're in the third week and Jonas is super strong.

"We can be really happy with the two stage wins and we can shift the focus to Jonas.

"We still have to discuss the tactics but with summit finishes coming up maybe we can take risks."

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