Tadej Pogacar: COVID-19 is not a rival, but it can ruin a Tour

UAE Team Emirates teams Slovenian rider Tadej Pogacar wearing the overall leaders yellow jersey C cycles with his teammates ahead of the pack of riders during the 8th stage of the 109th edition of the of the Tour de France cycling race 1863 km between Dole in eastern France and Lausanne in Switzerland on July 9 2022 Photo by AnneChristine POUJOULAT AFP Photo by ANNECHRISTINE POUJOULATAFP via Getty Images
(Image credit: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT AFP via Getty Images)

Be it cobbles, mountain-tops or the stiff uphill finish of the kind that concluded stage 8 of the Tour de France, race leader Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) has so far shown no chinks in his armour. 

Not even an early high speed crash on stage 8, where Pogačar was one of several top names that went down at around 60kph, seemed to have caused any major concerns.

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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.