"If things don't change, Pogacar is at a higher level"

The rivals of the yellow jersey surrender to the evidence, while the Slovenian chopped another 32 "more on the second rung of favorites.


Tadej Pogacar is unstoppable in defending the Tour title. On his first day in yellow in the 2021 edition, the Slovenian took another 32 seconds away from his most immediate pursuers, who have their morale, although they publicly try to preserve their forms. Because Richard Carapaz's arreón more than attack was a launch for the leader. The Ecuadorian, always optimistic and the most combative of the second rung of favorites, gave in to discouragement in Tignes: "If things do not change, little can be done in the face of such superiority."

Ben O'Connor, thanks to the advantage of the break, turned into virtual yellow for a good part of the day, and Pogacar does not detract from him as a candidate for the Paris box: “Right now he is my most direct rival, since I only get 2:01. He made a tremendous exhibition on a very hard day, very cold and rainy. Luckily the first day of rest arrives to disconnect a bit and regain strength. ”

Despite his prudent words, the third classified, Rigoberto Urán, is already more than five minutes away (5:18): “Even so, nothing is decided until the last finish line is crossed. I refuse to relax, even if I widen the differences in future battles. " Pogacar wanted to send a message of encouragement to his compatriot Primoz Roglic, from whom he precisely snatched the leadership in 2020 on the penultimate day, in the La Planche time trial: “I am sorry that he retires due to a fall, but the important thing is he recovers and soon returns to the competition just as combative. ”

With the head of the UAE at an unattainable level, despite running out of companions, the Urán, Carapaz, Mas or Kelderman will have to fight for the postometer, as the Balearic Islands admit: “If there is no way to unseat him, we will have to fight for the other places from the Paris drawer. ”

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