By Press Association
Published: 20:50 BST, 11 September 2020 | Updated: 20:50 BST, 11 September 2020
Primoz Roglic stamped his authority on the Tour de France as defending champion Egan Bernal slipped back on a punishing stage 13 to the summit on Puy Mary.
After Dani Martinez claimed his first career Tour stage win in something of a slow-motion sprint with Lennard Kamna from a breakaway, gradients nearing 20 per cent carved up the general classification when the main contenders arrived a little over six minutes later.
In what is becoming a common pattern in this Tour, Roglic followed an attack from his close friend and fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar late on the 191.5km stage from Chatel-Guyon, and together they put 38 seconds into Bernal.
Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar dropped all their rivals on a gruelling final climb to Puy Mary
The result is that Jumbo-Visma's Roglic is looking ever more comfortable in yellow, while Pogacar climbs above Bernal into second place, now 44 seconds back and surely ruing the 81 seconds lost in crosswinds on stage seven.
'It was a really nice day, I'm super happy,' Roglic said. 'As long as you can gain time every second is to your advantage.
'I'm really happy at the end, we were two Slovenians at the top. It's not just me, I have the jersey, but our whole team - everyone needs to do his job - and all together so far we're doing a really nice race.'
Though Roglic has looked the stronger rider throughout the Tour so far, this was the first time he had definitively dropped Bernal - until now what had been a 21-second gap between them was all derived from bonus seconds.
Daniel Martinez punched clear of Lennard Kamna to take his first Tour stage victorysonos