Mas: Pogacar rode away from us at the Tour de France 'as if we didn't exist'

TIGNES FRANCE JULY 04 Enric Mas of Spain and Movistar Team at arrival during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 9 a 1449km stage from Cluses to Tignes Monte de Tignes 2107m LeTour TDF2021 on July 04 2021 in Tignes France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Enric Mas (Movistar) crossing the line in Tignes on stage 9 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

When Movistar leader Enric Mas was asked on Monday's rest day to describe Tour de France leader Tadej Pogačar's final attack on Sunday afternoon's stage 9 en route to Tignes he used a very graphic phrase: "it was as if we didn't exist."

For Mas and the rest of the 2021 Tour de France GC contenders, that description neatly sums up how they will tackle the next two weeks.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.