Tadej Pogacar lands major blow in Tour de France with time trial victory

Pogacar; time trial
Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) riding to victory in Laval (Image credit: Getty Images)

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) more than lived up to pre-Tour de France expectations on Wednesday as the 22-year-old defending champion claimed a resounding victory on stage 5, the first of the race’s two medium-length time trials, and simultaneously placed himself within eight seconds of his ultimate objective, the maillot jaune.

The sight of a time trial specialist as talented as Swiss and European time trial champion Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) riding disconsolately from media position to media position in the post-stage interview zone to give his version of events, just a few minutes after Pogačar had dislodged him from the top spot, provided a clear visual indication of  the scale of the Slovenian’s victory.

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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.