Tour de France - Tadej Pogacar: We worked well with Uran and Carapaz
Jul 08 2021 05:27 am CET

Tour de France - Tadej Pogacar: We worked well with Uran and Carapaz
Tour de France - Tadej Pogacar: We worked well with Uran and Carapaz
Photo of Tadej Pogacar (c)UAE Team Emirates/Fizza

UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar has taken the fourth place in the eleventh stage of the Tour de France after encountering some problems on the second climb of the Mont Ventoux.

The leader of the General Classification remained with the favourites' group throughout most of the stage, maintaining the pace all the time. But everything changed during the second climb of the Mont Ventoux when Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) launched an attack.

Although the winner of the 2020 edition of the race could follow the wheel of the Dane at first, later on he couldn't hold any more and was dropped before the end of the climb. Vingegaard created a gap with him but Pogacar was joined by Richard Carapaz and Rigoberto Uran and the three of them caught the Dane on the descent and all of them crossed the finish line as a group.

"The pace was very strong throughout the climb and when Vingegaard attacked in the final, I couldn't keep up with him, as he was pushing hard," said Pogacar. "I kept my composure, I knew that the summit was not far and I concentrated on keeping a decent rhythm and still having the energy in my legs to push downhill.

"We worked well with Uran and Carapaz and returned. I am not surprised by Vingegaard, because he has always proved to be one of the strongest climbers. Here at the Tour there are no easy days and also tomorrow we will probably have to deal with the wind."




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