'You need really big balls to ride on the front like we did' – Pogačar, UAE dominate Tour de France Galibier ascent

UAE Team Emirates riders pace team leader Tadej Pogačar (second from left) on Col du Galibier climb, with GC contenders Primož Roglič (left) and Jonas Vingegaard (right) trying to tag along
UAE Team Emirates riders pace team leader Tadej Pogačar (second from left) on Col du Galibier climb, with GC contenders Primož Roglič (left) and Jonas Vingegaard (right) trying to tag along (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

Two days after the first exchange of volleys in the Tour de France GC war, the first major blow was landed as the race hit its second-highest point atop the Col du Galibier.

It was Tadej Pogačar who landed it – if not a knockout to his main rival Jonas Vingegaard at this early stage, then at least a body blow of a full 50 seconds. Pogačar gained 37 seconds on the road in Valloire, in addition to three bonus seconds at 2,600 metres high atop the Galibier and another 10 at the finish line.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

 

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, and Demi Vollering.

 

As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from 2024 include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.