Tadej Pogacar: Anti-doping controls at Tour de France are 'enough' to prove doubters wrong

TIGNES FRANCE JULY 04 Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates yellow leader jersey during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 9 a 1449km stage from Cluses to Tignes Monte de Tignes 2107m LeTour TDF2021 on July 04 2021 in Tignes France Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images
Tadej Pogačar of UAE Team Emirates goes into first rest day in yellow jersey (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Two weeks from Paris, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) has already distanced all rivals at this Tour de France with striking ease, but shaking off suspicions might prove a little more demanding. Maybe it was ever thus for the yellow jersey in the 21st century.

Pogačar’s late heist at last year’s race meant that he was largely spared the press room scrutiny that has been more or less de rigueur for the maillot jaune since the Lance Armstrong era. This time out, with a lead of over five minutes on everyone bar Ben O’Connor (AG2R-Citroën Team), the 22-year-old will likely sit in press conferences every day from here to the Champs-Élysées.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.