What an incredible day for Tadej, Primož and Slovenia! Stage 9 in Pyrenees was very demanding already in the roadbook, and in also turned to be so. Laruns seems to be happy place for Slovenian cycling. After Primož Roglič stage win in 2018, Tadej claimed his maiden Tour de France stage win for himself. The world of cycling is thrilled after serious of attacks from Tadej already from stage 8. Quietly everybody expected Tadej attacking the field also on Sunday’s stage. And attacks came, on the steep final climb. Pushing everybody on the limit. The only one capable of following attacks properly was Primož Roglič. With tough descent the group of four with Primož, Landa and Bernal managed to catch the escapee Marc Hirschi. It came down to very difficulty sprint in the end, where Tadej was brilliant. Tadej accelerated from third position and was able to come around Hirschi to claim amazing Tour de France Stage Win.
Tadej’s statement after the Stage Win: »It is incredible to have won at the end of such a hectic day. Firstly I thank the team for the excellent work done throughout the stage. I am very happy, in the final my goal was to recover as many seconds as possible in the general classification, also aiming for bonuses, but the concentration was then turned to the sprint: I don’t remember exactly how I won the sprint, I just thought about pushing as hard as possible.
I arrive on the first rest day with a stage win, which is added to the one obtained in the first stage by my teammate Kristoff. I am happy with what we have done so far in this Tour, with only one off-day on the 7th stage.«
Tadej is heading to rest day with first Tour de France Stage Win and seventh place in general classification. Racing in Tour de France continues on Tuesday with sprinters’s stage. We sincerely congratulate to Tadej on today’s great Win and we wish him all the best in the res to the race.