August 1, 2021

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Defending champ retains overall lead

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TIGNES, France — Defending winner Tadej Pogacar retained handle of the Tour de France on a rain-soaked 2nd day in the Alps as a crash-loaded opening 7 days took its toll on rivals on Sunday.

“I am certain a good deal of men endured these days,” mentioned Pogacar, who retained the race leader’s yellow jersey by responding when necessary in the ninth stage.

Equally past year’s runner-up Primoz Roglic and previous over-all chief Mathieu van der Poel dropped out of the race prior to the grueling 144.9-kilometer (90-mile) route from Cluses to Tignes.

Australian rider Ben O’Connor received the phase following launching a solo break with 17 kilometers to go. Sergio Higuita was unable to comply with the 25-yr-old as O’Connor powered up the Col du Pre for the end at Tignes.

O’Connor struggled to battle again tears following his initial tour win.

“Just to be using aspect on the Tour de France in the to start with area is a dream. Then to realize a victory like this a single is superb, a great reward to all people who has supported me about the many years,” O’Connor said. “It’s been a wild ride.”

O’Connor concluded additional than 5 minutes ahead of Mattia Cattaneo and Sonny Colbrelli. Pogacar responded to a late attack by Richard Carapaz to defend his general lead by finishing sixth, just over 6 minutes driving O’Connor.

UAE Workforce Emirates rider Pogacar has a lead of 2:01 above O’Connor in the typical classification in advance of the first rest day these days.

Pogacar had uncertainties toward the finish of the phase.

“I was worried that I may possibly lose the yellow jersey just the working day before the relaxation working day,” Pogacar stated. “I am joyful to hold it.”

Van der Poel held the yellow jersey for six days but relinquished it to Pogacar on Saturday.

“We decided with the staff that it really is in my finest interests to quit the race and aim on the Olympics now,” the Dutch rider claimed right after pulling out.

Roglic crashed terribly throughout Monday’s third phase in the western Brittany location and experienced been struggling since. The Jumbo-Visma staff stated the Slovenian rider would concentrate on new aims.

“We took the determination all with each other with the group, it doesn’t make feeling to continue on,” Roglic stated.

Roglic done very well in Friday’s time trial, but endured in the 151-kilometer (94-mile) route from Oyonnax to Le Grand-Bornand on Saturday, when Pogacar seized command of the race. Roglic was previously nearly 40 minutes behind his compatriot ahead of Sunday’s stage.

Roglic explained he shocked himself in the time trial but uncertainties returned in the 1st mountain phase Saturday when he was in a lot of ache.

“It’s just too substantially for my overall body at the second and yeah, I are unable to race,” the 31-year-outdated explained. “I am upset. I failed to strategy it to be the way it is, but in the end, I have to take it.”

Australia’s Ben O’Connor celebrates as he crosses the end line to earn the ninth phase of the Tour de France cycling race over 144.9 kilometers (90 miles) with start in Cluses and end in Tignes, France, Sunday, July 4, 2021. (AP Picture/Christophe Ena)

FILE- In this Monday, June 28, 2021, file photo Slovenia's Primoz Roglic crosses the finish line after crashing during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 182.9 kilometers (113.65 miles) with start in Lorient and finish in Pontivy, France. Roglic's Jumbo-Visma team announced that he won't take the start of the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race because of injuries sustained in crashes. (Benoit Tessier/Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE- In this Monday, June 28, 2021, file photograph Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic crosses the end line right after crashing during the 3rd phase of the Tour de France cycling race over 182.9 kilometers (113.65 miles) with commence in Lorient and end in Pontivy, France. Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma team announced that he won’t get the start off of the ninth stage of the Tour de France biking race simply because of injuries sustained in crashes. (Benoit Tessier/Pool Photograph by means of AP, File)

Slovenia's Primoz Roglic arrives at the finish of the eighth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 150.8 kilometers (93.7 miles) with start in Oyonnax and finish in Le Grand-Bornand, France,Saturday, July 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic arrives at the finish of the eighth phase of the Tour de France cycling race more than 150.8 kilometers (93.7 miles) with commence in Oyonnax and finish in Le Grand-Bornand, France,Saturday, July 3, 2021. (AP Photograph/Daniel Cole)

Slovenia's Primoz Roglic passes an empty podium after losing considerable time in the eighth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 150.8 kilometers (93.7 miles) with start in Oyonnax and finish in Le Grand-Bornand, France,Saturday, July 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic passes an vacant podium immediately after shedding significant time in the eighth phase of the Tour de France biking race more than 150.8 kilometers (93.7 miles) with start in Oyonnax and complete in Le Grand-Bornand, France,Saturday, July 3, 2021. (AP Photograph/Christophe Ena)

Slovenia's Primoz Roglic arrives at the finish of the eighth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 150.8 kilometers (93.7 miles) with start in Oyonnax and finish in Le Grand-Bornand, France,Saturday, July 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic arrives at the end of the eighth stage of the Tour de France biking race in excess of 150.8 kilometers (93.7 miles) with start in Oyonnax and finish in Le Grand-Bornand, France,Saturday, July 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Stage winner Australia's Ben O'Connor leads as he climbs towards Tignes during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 144.9 kilometers (90 miles) with start in Cluses and finish in Tignes, France, Sunday, July 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Phase winner Australia’s Ben O’Connor qualified prospects as he climbs toward Tignes for the duration of the ninth phase of the Tour de France biking race around 144.9 kilometers (90 miles) with start in Cluses and complete in Tignes, France, Sunday, July 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Stage winner Australia's Ben O'Connor, in second position, follows Italy's Mattia Cattaneo, during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 144.9 kilometers (90 miles) with start in Cluses and finish in Tignes, France, Sunday, July 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Phase winner Australia’s Ben O’Connor, in next placement, follows Italy’s Mattia Cattaneo, during the ninth phase of the Tour de France cycling race more than 144.9 kilometers (90 miles) with get started in Cluses and end in Tignes, France, Sunday, July 4, 2021. (AP Photograph/Daniel Cole)

France's Benoit Cosnefroy, front and teammate France's Aurelien Paret Peintre climb towards Tignes during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 144.9 kilometers (90 miles) with start in Cluses and finish in Tignes, France, Sunday, July 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

France’s Benoit Cosnefroy, front and teammate France’s Aurelien Paret Peintre climb in direction of Tignes for the duration of the ninth stage of the Tour de France biking race around 144.9 kilometers (90 miles) with start out in Cluses and complete in Tignes, France, Sunday, July 4, 2021. (AP Photograph/Daniel Cole)

Britain's Geraint Thomas is distanced by overall leader Slovenia's Tadej Pogacar as he climbs towards Tignes during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 144.9 kilometers (90 miles) with start in Cluses and finish in Tignes, France, Sunday, July 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Britain’s Geraint Thomas is distanced by over-all chief Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar as he climbs in direction of Tignes throughout the ninth stage of the Tour de France biking race above 144.9 kilometers (90 miles) with start off in Cluses and end in Tignes, France, Sunday, July 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

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