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Tour de France: Time trial duel of the top stars: Pogacar has a favorite

Tour de France: Time trial duel of the top stars: Pogacar has a favorite
Tour de France: Time trial duel of the top stars: Pogacar has a favorite

The long-awaited first time trial of the 111th Tour will take place on Friday. There could be changes in the overall standings with Pogacar at the top. The Slovenian sees a competitor ahead.

Cycling star Tadej Pogacar has a favorite for the first time trial of the 111th Tour de France. The exceptional Slovenian rider sees the Belgian time trial world champion Remco Evenepoel in front – and is thereby pushing the pressure on himself aside somewhat. “The favorite is definitely Remco. He is the world champion and he has often shown that he can beat anyone. He is the one to watch,” said the 25-year-old Pogacar after the sixth stage.

Evenepoel could make up time on overall leader Pogacar in the yellow jersey on his debut Tour on Friday after the 25.3 kilometers between Nuits-Saint-Georges and Gevrey-Chambertin. Or even cause a surprising change at the top: After six stages, Giro winner Pogacar is 45 seconds ahead of Evenepoel and 50 ahead of defending champion Jonas Vingegaard.

Pogacar: “I like the track”

The competition between the favorites in the first of two individual time trials is hotly anticipated. Two-time Tour winner Pogacar could extend his lead over the Dane after winning the Alpine duel with Vingegaard on the Col du Galibier. After his first partial victory against his opponent, Pogacar smugly said that he was looking forward to the “next rendezvous in the time trial.”

Pogacar had looked at the conditions a long time ago on Friday, tested them and found them to be good. “I like the track, it will be a nice time trial. It is very fast and you have to be very powerful.”

Pogacar with shock on the sprint stage

For Pogacar, the supposedly relaxed sprint stage on Thursday, which was won by the Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen, was not without its challenges. After a treacherous wind edge attack, the Slovenian suddenly found himself without help from his team. However, they caught up again later. “It was a very stressful day. But I was glad that the stage wasn’t too long.”

The first time trial comes early in the Tour. This is followed by the tricky gravel challenge on stage nine and many climbs. The second time trial will then bring about a decision at the very latest. The Tour de France ends on July 21 with the individual time trial between Monaco and Nice.

Source: Stern

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