Pogacar prepared to take on Roglic at Tour de France

Tour de France 2020 - 107th Edition - 9th stage Pau - Laruns 153 km - 05/09/2020 - Tadej Pogacar (SLO - UAE - Team Emirates) - photo POOL/BettiniPhoto©2020
Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) (Image credit: Bettini Image)

Moments after Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) crossed the finish line with the victory during stage 9 at the Tour de France, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) was one of the first to congratulate him. It was the younger Slovenian's first Tour stage win, and the elder - despite being second - took the yellow jersey.

For all their amicability, Pogačar insisted in Monday's rest-day press conference that when it comes to racing, their relationship is a very different story. If the Tour de France comes to a point where he is taking on Roglič directly for the general classification or stages, then so be it.

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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.