Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, far superior, seized the yellow jersey of the Tour de France on Saturday 3 July after the 8e stage won in the resort of Grand-Bornand by the Belgian Dylan Teuns. The winner coming out of the Tour, dominated his opponents in the last two climbs of this first and rainy alpine day, the Romme and Colombière passes. Tadej Pogacar, put his rivals KO by digging monumental gaps, more than three minutes on his direct rivals, three days after having already gained the upper hand in the time trial.
The young Slovenian, 22, took first place in the general classification at the expense of Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel, who had been wearing the yellow jersey since Sunday. Last year, the leader of the UAE team had donned the leader’s jersey much later, during the time trial at La Planche des Belles Filles, just on the eve of the arrival on the Champs-Elysées.
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At Le Grand-Bornand, Pogacar took 4th place on the stage behind the Spaniard Ion Izagirre and the Canadian Michael Woods, ahead of about 40 seconds by Teuns.
The second of Teuns
Pogacar, sure of his strength, attacked twice in the Col de Romme, approaching the last 30 kilometers. On his second start, he left Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz, the only one to have painfully kept contact the first time. In 3 kilometers, the Slovenian left Carapaz behind by more than a minute. Party in a ” one man show “, he joined and deposited the survivors of the breakaway before the last descent that he negotiated with caution.
A hectic first half of the stage, marked by numerous attacks, very quickly condemned the Welshman Geraint Thomas, left behind on the first hill at the exit of Oyonnax, then the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, released after about thirty kilometers. Thomas, winner of the 2018 Tour, and Roglic, second in 2020, fell last Monday in the third stage.
Pogacar also muzzled the Belgian Wout van Aert who went to the outposts before the breakaway, strong of 18 riders, took shape before the halfway (Km 72) behind the Dutchman Wout Poels, very active in start of the course. Michael Woods, in the lead as soon as he entered the Col de Romme, was joined 3 kilometers from the top of the Colombière by Teuns who then left him behind.
The 9th stage, contested this Sunday, the most difficult in the Alps, includes 51 kilometers of climb on the 144.9 kilometer course between Cluses (Haute-Savoie) and Tignes (Savoie) where the Tour returns after a missed finish in 2019 due to a mudslide making the road impassable.
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