Pogacar attacks in Tignes to keep O'Connor out of Tour de France yellow jersey

Tour de France 2021 108th Edition 9th stage Cluses Tignes 1449 km 04072021 Tadej Pogacar SLO UAE Team Emirates photo Jan De MeuleneirPNBettiniPhoto2021
Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) attacks from the GC group on stage 9 in Tignes (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

When Tour de France leader Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) put in a late attack on stage 9 at Tignes, he ensured that stage winner Ben O'Connor (AG2R Citroen) did not take the yellow jersey but it was yet another reminder of his crushing superiority as well.

Previously more than eight minutes back, O'Connor roared up the general classification on Sunday as his long-range move for the stage win saw the Australian briefly become race leader on the road.

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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.