GC analysis: Tadej Pogacar knocked off stride on Ventoux but still on track at Tour de France

Tadej Pogacar on the chase on Mont Ventoux
Tadej Pogacar on the chase on Mont Ventoux (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Mont Ventoux, as Ferdi Kubler was reputedly warned all those years ago, isn't a col like the others. Tadej Pogačar isn't a rider like the others either, but like so many Tour de France winners before him, he was unable to bend the Giant of Provence to his will when the race made its novel double ascent on Wednesday afternoon.

For the first time on this Tour, Pogačar betrayed the faintest sign of weakness after he had responded promptly – too promptly, as it turned out – to Jonas Vingegaard's crisp attack a little under 2km from the summit.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.