Pogacar cruises into yellow

04 July 2021 02:25:43 GMTPlus10

Defending champion Tadej Pogacar has reclaimed the yellow jersey at the Tour de France after a dominant ride on the first day in the Alps.

The 22-year-old Slovenian made light work of a brutal stage eight, which featured five categorised climbs, and is now 1/1000 to win his second Tour de France title.

Previous general classification leader Mathieu van der Poel failed to mount much of a defence of the prized maillot jaune as he faded midway through the stage, which was eventually won by Dylan Teuns.

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The Bahrain Victorious rider was able to safely negotiate a treacherous descent in wet conditions to claim his second Tour de France stage win, 44 seconds clear of Ion Izagirre.

After his win, Teuns said: "It's super-amazing, until now I had a difficult year, aiming for some goals, but never came close so finally I can celebrate.

"At the top, I heard Pogacar was coming, I was thinking, OK, if I can make the top with one minute, it should be OK for the descent. It’s just amazing to win in the Tour."

Michael Woods took third, while Pogacar cruised over the finish line in fourth, 49 seconds behind Teuns after an excellent days work.

Pogacar now leads the Tour de France by one minute 48 seconds from Wout an Aert in second and will look to increase his lead further on stage nine when the peloton tackles another Alps stage, a 114.9km ride from Cluses to Tignes.

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