Pogacar, UAE team promise to fight back after shock Tour de France defeat

Tadej Pogacar fights to the finish on stage 11 of the Tour de France
Tadej Pogacar fights to the finish on stage 11 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

As the shock waves settled on former Tour de France leader Tadej Pogačar’s surprise defeat on the Col du Granon on Wednesday, from management to riders to Pogačar himself, UAE Team Emirates adamantly remained that the fight was far from over.

Surely very little, though, could have prepared Pogačar’s team for the dramatic events of five kilometres from the top of the Granon as Jonas Vingegaard sped away from the defending champion. Certainly there was no hint of any issues from the yellow jersey himself when the Tour favourites rattled past the long line of team buses parked up on the broad country road used by the race to get to the foot of the Granon and the day’s crunch climb.

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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.