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Tour De France is shaping up to be a Slovenian shootout as Tadej Pogacar wins stage 15 to close the gap on race leader Primoz Roglic Tadej Pogacar took victory and bonus seconds ahead of his fellow countryman  The winner narrows the gap to Primoz Roglic to 40 seconds after 174.5km  Egal Bernal's defence of the title ended early on the 17km climb to the finish 

By Pa Sport

Published: 17:21 BST, 13 September 2020 | Updated: 17:21 BST, 13 September 2020

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Tadej Pogacar won stage 15 of the Tour de France to close the gap on race leader Primoz Roglic as Egan Bernal's defence of his title was ended on the unforgiving slopes of the Grand Colombier.

Pogacar took victory and bonus seconds on the line just ahead of fellow Slovenian Roglic, cutting his deficit to 40 seconds as the general classification received another shake up at the end of the 174.5km stage from Lyon.

Bernal began the day third, 59 seconds down, but cracked early on the 17km climb to the summit finish and surrendered more than seven minutes to tumble out of contention.

Slovenian rider Tadej Pogacar of the UEA-Team Emirates crossed the line to win stage 15

Slovenian rider Tadej Pogacar of the UEA-Team Emirates crossed the line to win stage 15

That the Colombian was dropped at a time when Roglic's Jumbo-Visma team-mate Wout van Aert - a man who has won two sprints in this Tour so far - was setting the pace on the front suggested his problems ran deeper than mere fatigue.

The 23-year-old's collapse means the Ineos Grenadiers, formerly Team Sky, are out of contention going into the final week of race they have won in seven of the past eight years.

Now it appears to be a battle of two Slovenians, and two close friends who may find those bonds tested over the next week.

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