Pogacar steps up Tour de France challenge with impressive Pyrenean stage win

Team UAE Emirates rider Slovenias Tadej Pogacar L and Team Jumbo rider Slovenias Primoz Roglic ride during the 9th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 154 km between Pau and Laruns on September 6 2020 Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD AFP Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARDAFP via Getty Images
Pogacar attacks ahead of Roglic (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Tadej Pogačar's stunning debut in the Tour de France continued apace on Sunday as the young Slovenian bested the top two pre-race favourites, Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) and new leader Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) for a prestigious stage win in a small group sprint in Laruns.

The UAE Team Emirates leader was the only GC contender to launch a full-scale successful attack on the final climb, the Col de Peyresourde, on Saturday, and on Sunday he tried it again on the last ascent of the Col de Marie-Blanque.

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