Andy Schleck's Tour de France favourites after the Alps

Team UAE Emirates' Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey leads the pack during the 9th stage of the 108th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, 144 km between Cluses and Tignes, on July 04, 2021. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)
Tadej Pogačar of UAE Team Emirates wears the overall leader's yellow jersey after first nine days at Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The peloton is almost at the midpoint of the 2021 Tour de France, with nine stages in the pocket and the first time trial and two big Alpine tests firmly in the rear-view mirror.

The first rest day is a good time to take stock of the overall rankings then, and check how the general classification favourites are shaping up so far. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.