Pogacar still the strongest in the Tour de France, says Ineos director

Richard Carapaz leads Tour de France leader Tadej Pogacar on the Mont Ventoux
Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) leads Tour de France leader Tadej Pogacar on the Mont Ventoux (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Ineos Grenadiers buried themselves on stage 11 of the Tour de France, leading the peloton over the summit of Mont Ventoux on two occasions and helping Richard Carapaz move up a place to fourth in the overall standings. However, that reward came with a price after the British squad decided to shoulder the responsibility of controlling the peloton for over 140km of the stage. They also lost Luke Rowe from the race with the rider eliminated after missing the time cut.

The British team came into the all-important stage with hopes of taking their first win in the race as well as the ambition of catapulting Richard Carapaz up the overall standings. However, not the first time in this year’s race the team was left with little rewards despite putting in a huge amount of effort. Several riders, including Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart, were used up early in the stage. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.