Primož Roglič secured his position as the favourite for the yellow jersey in the 2020 Tour de France, with an effortless victory on the first summit finish of the race.
The final climb to Orciéres-Merlette was the first real mountain test of this year’s edition, but all the overall contenders were equal to the task with no major time splits by the line.
But it was Jumbo-Visma’s Roglič who proved himself the strongest on the day, as he comfortably held a high pace for the entire climb and launched a powerful sprint for the line in the final 200 metres.
Roglič took his first stage of the 2020 Tour, with UAE Team Emirates rider Tadej Pogačar close behind in second to make it a Slovenian one-two, and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) closing out the podium.
Despite being isolated on the final climb, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) kept pace with the general classification favourites, finishing fifth and holding onto the yellow jersey for another day.
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Tour de France 2020, stage four: Sisteron to Orcières-Merlette (160.5km)
1. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
2. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
3. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis