The peloton with the yellow jersey, the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE) and his direct rivals, was more than 18 minutes away as the last 10 kilometers of the finish of this transition stage approached.
Mohoric removed this second personal success, less than two days after the search carried out by the gendarmes in the hotel occupied by his team in the vicinity of Pau. Crossing the line he mimed a zipper on his mouth in response to suspicion surrounding Bahrain’s performance.
A preliminary investigation was opened on July 3 by the Marseille prosecutor’s office in order to “determine the reality or not of the offenses which justified its opening”, on suspicion of doping in his team.
The 26-year-old Slovenian had already won in the 8th stage at Le Creusot, the longest of the event.
This is the third Slovenian victory in three days in the Tour, after two stages won by Pogacar.
Former world champion in juniors (2012) and hopes (2013), Mohoric (26) won on the three big national tours. He also became known for having invented an aerodynamic position now prohibited downhill, sitting on the seat tube.
The stage scenario (207 km) prevented Mark Cavendish from winning a fifth sprint and surpassing the record of 34 victories he holds tied with Eddy Merckx.
But the Briton, who had received the congratulations of the Belgian champion visiting the Tour before the start, ensured his green jersey in the points classification a little more.
The race crossed the Landes forest at high speed, in pursuit of a group consisting of breakaways, first of all six (Bernard, Bonnamour, Clarke, Mohoric, Rutsch, Zimmermann) joined by fourteen others 100 kilometers from the arrival.
The gap has long fluctuated under the minute on a peloton led most often by the team of Chris Froome, to the great comfort of the formation of Cavendish who had placed one of his (Ballerini) at the front. Then, the Israel SN formation ended up getting bored on the long straights of the Landes.
The leading group was rocked by a succession of attacks in the last hour of the race before Mohoric provoked the decision by starting at the threshold of the last 25 kilometers.
Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.
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