• Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and team Jumbo-Visma. (Velo)Source: Velo
Jumbo-Visma's Primož Roglič maintained his yellow jersey status after a nervous Stage 10 of the 2020 Tour de France which saw crashes and crosswinds hit the peloton once again.
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SBS Cycling Central

9 Sep 2020 - 5:57 AM  UPDATED 9 Sep 2020 - 6:10 AM

The Slovenian crossed the finish line in Saint-Martin-de-Ré in 32nd overall, keeping his lead in the GC standings with a twenty-one second gap between Ineos Grenadiers's Egan Bernal in second place.

Roglič was in good spirits at the finish and praised his team for getting through a tough stage.

“It was a different stage but it was quite a nervous and stressful stage from the start all the way to the finish," Roglič said. "As a team, we managed it really well and the guys did a really good job."

"We can be happy at the end of this stage and look forward to the next ones.”

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In a stage with nasty crashes which saw riders like Mitchelton-SCOTT's Sam Bewley and UAE Team Emirates' Davide Formolo forced to abandon their Tour campaigns, Roglič emphasised the importance of remaining vigilant out on the road.

"I always say that as long as you're in one piece quite a lot of things are possible," Roglič said. "It's just really important to be there and to watch out."

In a year that has continued to showcase the performances of elite Slovenian riders like Roglič and Stage nine winner UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogačar, Jumbo-Visma's main man expressed his excitement about the journey of cycling in his home country.

Slovenian pair dominate stage as Pogačar takes the win with Roglič in yellow
Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) won Stage 9, after splitting up the race on the final climb of the Col de Marie Blanque then sprinting to the win from the elite group that formed. Roglič finished just behind his countryman in second, enough to take the yellow jersey.

"We have two million people and a lot of top athletes," Roglič said. " It’s crazy and especially for us because before we were riding but without so many results."

"Now, myself and Tadej [Pogačar] … I’m thankful that we are able to write the history of cycling.”

The Tour de France continues with Stage 11, a 167km stage from Châtelaillon-Plage to Poitiers that should once again end in a bunch sprint. Watch the action LIVE on SBS with the race starting on the SBS ŠKODA Tour Tracker at 9:15pm AEST and the broadcast beginning at 9:30pm AEST on SBS.