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The Norwegian Tour pros around Jonas Abrahamsen had no reason to be happy on Saturday. © APA/afp / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT

“Bad news”: Norwegian Tour pros mourn Drege

The death of professional cyclist André Drege has caused great sadness. The Saturday stage of the Tour de France also became a minor event.

With his face smeared with dirt, veteran Alexander Kristoff from Norway stood in front of the team bus near the former country residence of statesman Charles de Gaulle and was deeply sad. Shortly before, the four-time Tour de France stage winner had just Death of his compatriot André Drege at the Tour of Austria taking place at the same time.


"This is very bad news," Kristoff lamented on Saturday after the eighth stage in France, which was won by the Eritrean Biniam Girmay. "I knew him a little, was in the national team with him. He was a good guy," added the 37-year-old.

Andrè Drege died on Saturday during the Tour of Austria. © APA / EXPA/REINHARD EISENBAUER


The Norwegian team Uno-X was not at all happy about the impressive solo ride of their professional cyclist Jonas Abrahamsen over 140 kilometers. Abrahamsen has been wearing the jersey for the strongest climber since the first stage. With one exception, the Uno-X team consists only of Norwegians on this tour.

Girmay wins second Tour stage

Biniam Girmay celebrated his second Tour day victory after his first victory on the third stage in Turin. The Eritrean, who is a superstar in his country, dedicated his second victory to his family. "I have my mother and father to thank for this victory. They believed in me so that I could become a professional cyclist."

There was no change in the overall rankings. Superstar Tadej Pogacar is still 33 seconds ahead of Belgian Remco Evenepoel, who won the time trial the day before. Defending champion Jonas Vingegaard is in third place overall, 1:15 minutes behind.

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