Pogacar extends Tour lead with stage 17 win
Defending champion Tadej Pogacar has extended his Tour de France lead after claiming a thrilling victory atop the Col du Portet on stage 17 on Wednesday.
The UAE Team Emirates rider now sits 5mins 39secs clear at the top of the General Classification standings and he is priced at 1/1000 to retain the title he won for the first time in 2020.
It was an impressive performance from the 22-year-old, who kicked clear of Richard Carapaz and Jonas Vingegaard with just 150 metres remaining to seal the fifth stage victory of his career on the Tour and second of this year's race.
It was a fantastic day. To win in yellow is something I cannot describe.Tadej Pogacar
It is also the first time Pogacar has claimed a stage victory while wearing the yellow jersey and he was delighted to achieve the feat, while he was also quick to praise his team's bravery in allowing him to go for the victory rather than just protecting his overall lead.
"We were like 50-50 do we go for stage or just defend but in the end we tried and I am super-happy," Pogacar told reporters.
"It was a fantastic day. To win in yellow is something I cannot describe."
Team Jumbo–Visma rider Vingegaard edged out Carapaz of Ineos Grenadiers into second place on the stage and the Dane is also now Pogacar's nearest rival in the General Classification standings.
Carapaz has also moved up to third overall, with EF Education–Nippo rider Rigoberto Uran, who had begun the day in second place, having slipped back to fourth after falling away with 8km remaining of the gruelling 178.4km ride from Muret to Saint-Lary-Soulan.
Stage 18 of this year's Tour will take place on Thursday, with the competitors facing another gruelling 129.7km mountain stage from Pau to Luz Ardiden.