Analysis: Pogacar’s Tour de France dominance to spark fascinating battle for podium

Team UAE Emirates' Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia wears the leader yellow jersey on podium after 8th stage of the 108th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, 150 km between Oyonnax and Le Grand-Bornand, on July 03, 2021. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP) (Photo by PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
Tadej Pogačar is in the yellow jersey after stage 8 to Le Grand-Bornard (Image credit: Getty images Sport)

Tadej Pogačar’s dominance on the first mountain stage of the Tour de France was a knockout blow for Geraint Thomas and PrImoz Roglič and left all his other GC rivals scrambling to limit their losses in the hope they can fight for a final podium spot in Paris or a best possible placing in the top ten. With nearly a fortnight remaining, they certainly have a long way to go to fight that battle.

Barring accident, ambush, illness or injury, the four traditional caveats on any ultra-strong leader’s hold on a Grand Tour, working out who can stand next to the Slovenian on the Champs-Elysées is arguably the biggest interest point remaining on GC. But given the strength of the Slovenian’s onslaught and the injuries and other incidents that have affected several of his stand-out rivals, there are few solid reference points so far. 

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.