Pogacar broadens his lead on Tour’s first full day of Pyrenean racing

Slovenian Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates wearing the yellow jersey of leader in the overall ranking during stage 15 of the 108th edition of the Tour de France cycling race from Ceret to AndorrelaVieille 1913 km in Andorra Sunday 11 July 2021 This years Tour de France takes place from 26 June to 18 July 2021BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
Slovenian Tadej Pogačar of UAE Team Emirates wearing the yellow jersey on stage 15 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Tour de France yellow jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) may have experienced the most sustained series of attacks on his 2021 lead to date on Sunday, but ultimately it made little difference as the Slovenian’s overall advantage on his rivals rose once again from four minutes to over five.

In the 2021 Tour’s first full-scale battle of the Pyrenees, Pogačar rode a much more conservative race than when he had crushed the field in the Alps last weekend. But it didn’t matter. 

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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.