Tadej Pogacar soars to second at Tour de France with explosive late charge on Puy Mary

CANTAL FRANCE SEPTEMBER 11 Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Pavel Sivakov of Russia and Team INEOS Grenadiers Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Yellow Leader Jersey Sepp Kuss of The United States and Team Jumbo Visma Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno of Colombia and Astana Pro Team Tom Dumoulin of The Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma Breakaway during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 13 a 1915km stage from ChtelGuyon to Pas de PeyrolLe Puy Mary Cantal 1589m TDF2020 LeTour on September 11 2020 in Cantal France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
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Less than a week after shining in the high mountain passes of the Pyrenees in the Tour de France, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) showed that he is more than a match for the Massif Central mountain range as well, as he lit up the race in impressive style on the steep, punchy ascent of Puy de Mary on stage 13.

The winner of three stages in his Grand Tour debut in the Vuelta a España last year on climbs as far afield and as diverse as those of Andorra, the much steeper ascents of Cantabria and the grinding, long climbs in the western Sierras of Avila, Pogacar’s devastating ability to accelerate away on all kinds of different ascents was once again in evidence on Friday.

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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.