Stage victor Team UAE Emirates rider Slovenia's Tadej Pogacar celebrates on the podium after winning the 15th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, 175 km between Lyon and Grand Colombier, on September 13, 2020. It was a fight from the beginning and I knew I had to make it to the finish alone.
Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic retained the overall lead after the 17km ascent of the Grand Colombier mountain as his key challenger Bernal slipped to more than eight minutes behind in the yellow jersey standings.
The Slovenian pair enjoyed a quiet day in the pack of main contenders and crossed the finish line 16 minutes, 48 seconds behind the stage victor, who is not a threat in the overall standings.
There was no change at the top of the overall standings, with Rigoberto Uran third ahead of fellow Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez in fourth and Britain's Adam Yates in fifth, with Wednesday's stage from Grenoble to the Col de la Loze above Meribel expected to prove more decisive.
Pogacar said he bided his time and just kept up.
"It was a good warmup for tomorrow, the queen stage of the race", Pogacar said. The last six kilometers (4 miles) of the climb are particularly hard, with very steep sections and sharp turns.
"There will be gaps and a mix-up on the GC (general classification)", Pogacar continued.
Another casualty was Nairo Quintana, who also dropped out of the running for the overall lead.
That group broke up decisively on the climb up the Montee de Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte a little over 20km from the line, with Carapaz attacking first but Kamna able to follow and then accelerate away on the valley road to the final ramp to the line.
The German was faster than his remaining rival in the downhill and on the flat sections as he sped toward Villard-de-Lans to post the biggest win of his career. By 2030, end of the newly signed agreement, it will have been 40 editions since SBS has become the home of cycling, a tenure that has seen an ever-growing passion for our events Down Under, crowned by the victories of champions like Cadel Evans, Richie Porte, Mathew Hayman and Caleb Ewan while Toby Price went to win the Dakar Rally twice.
"It's a big, big, big relief for the team and for me". I can nearly not imagine it. The step forward I made this year is huge and I'm so blessed to win today.
The 59-year-old tested positive along with some staff members of teams like Mitchelton-Scott, AG2R La Mondiale, Ineos Grenadiers and Cofidis, but none of the riders did.