Pogacar 'looking good' for Tour win

16 July 2021 02:10:51 GMTPlus10

Tadej Pogacar was modest in his assessment of his chances of winning back-to-back Tour de France titles after recording consecutive stage wins in the Pyrenees.

The Slovenian rider is five minutes and 45 seconds clear of second-placed Jonas Vingegaard in the General Classification standings heading into Friday's stage, which could go some way to deciding the battle for the green jersey.

Mark Cavendish is 1/100 to claim the points classification for the second time, with Michael Matthews 25/1.

However, the fight for the yellow jersey now looks like a one-man race with Pogacar having delivered yet another dominant performance in the Pyrenees.

The 22-year-old has now won three stages of this year's Tour, going back-to-back to win Stage 17 and 18 to keep his rivals at arms' reach.

There's still three days to go so you never know but it looks good.

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Pogacar is only the fourth rider in the event's history to win consecutive summit finishes having produced a remarkable finish to Thursday's action, crossing the line just ahead of his two nearest rivals in Denmark's Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz of Ecuador.

The victory not only cemented the UAE Team Emirates rider's grip on the yellow jersey but also saw him claim possession of the polka dot jersey as he moved 19 points ahead of Dutchman Wout Poels in the King of the Mountain standings.

With the young rider title also seemingly in the bag, Pogacar admitted to being satisfied with the way his Tour de France was working out.

"It's unbelievable," Pogacar said. "After yesterday, I felt really good and I'm really happy with the win. It's crazy. There's still three days to go so you never know but it looks good.

"It was super hard. Already on the Tourmalet the pace was such that you just sit in the wheel and forget about everything and then on the last climb that was the maximum."

After the pain of the Pyrenees, the peloton is afforded a bit of a breather on Friday with a sprint stage from Mourenx to Libourne.

Despite being relatively tame, Stage 19 is still 207km long.

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