Pogacar 'goes with the flow' to take yellow a day before the mountains

Tadej Pogacar wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey after stage 6 at the Tour de France
Tadej Pogacar wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey after stage 6 at the Tour de France (Image credit: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT AFP via Getty Images)

After six days of racing at the Tour de France, reigning champion Tadej Pogačar has so far proven himself to be the strongest of the overall contenders in the opening time trial, over the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix, and, on Thursday's stage 6, in the hills of the southern Ardennes.

The Slovenian heads into the race's first summit finish at Super Planche des Belles Filles with a lead of four seconds over EF Education-EasyPost's second-placed man, Neilson Powless, but a further 27 seconds on his closest real challenger, 2021 runner-up Jonas Vingegaard of Jumbo-Visma.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from the 2024 season include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.