Jul 09, 2023 at 7:41 PMUpdate: 9 minutes ago
Tadej Pogacar enjoyed the Puy de Dôme in the Tour de France on Sunday, but especially the new time gain he took over yellow jersey wearer Jonas Vingegaard. The Slovenian made a hole on the mythical final climb.
Pogacar started in the absolute final and saw that Vingegaard could not follow him immediately. At the line he was eight seconds ahead of the Dane from Jumbo-Visma, who still has a margin of seventeen counts in the standings.
“It’s not a win, but it kind of feels like it. I’m very happy, it was a beautiful day,” said 24-year-old Pogacar after the stage, which was won by Michael Woods.
“Until the final climb I was pretty relaxed. I felt that my legs were good, but I waited until the last 1.5 kilometers to be sure. I had to place this attack.”
‘It didn’t even feel that steep’
After his attack, Pogacar quickly realized that he was a bit better than Vingegaard. “When I started, I watched his shadow. I saw that he had to go full throttle. I turned it on again, saw that I made a gap and continued,” said the Slovenian, who enjoyed the Puy de Dôme .
“It would have been nice if there had been some crowd at the top, but it really is a very nice climb. I enjoyed it. I was told it is a very tough and steep climb, but we drove up so fast that it was not even that felt steep.”
The Tour peloton is ready for the first day of rest on Monday. On Tuesday there will be a stage over more than 167 kilometers between Saint-Ours-les-Roches and Issoire, which seems suitable for stage hijackers.