Tour de France 2021: Tadej Pogacar extends lead after victory on Stage 17


Defending champion Pogacar assaults on last climb to safe second stage win following earlier time trial success; Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz end the day second and third normally classification

Final Up to date: 14/07/21 5:49pm

Tadej Pogacar gained his second stage of the Tour de France to increase his general lead and shut in on back-to-back successes (AP)

Tadej Pogacar gained stage 17 of the Tour de France to increase his lead within the yellow jersey as Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz moved as much as second and third.

The trio got here to the summit end on the Col du Portet collectively after numerous assaults, with defending champion Pogacar using clear inside the ultimate 150 metres to select up his second stage win of the Tour.

Rigoberto Uran, who started the day second general, had been dropped on the ultimate climb of the 178km stage from Muret, permitting Carapaz to maneuver into the final of the rostrum locations behind Pogacar and Vingegaard.

Pogacar’s victory extends the Slovenian’s result in 5 minutes and 39 seconds over Vingegaard, with Carapaz an extra 4 seconds again in third, whereas Uran slipped greater than 90 seconds down.

“We have been 50-50 on whether or not to go for the stage or defend however everybody felt good so we tried and we succeeded and I am tremendous completely satisfied.

“The three of us went clear however solely me and Jonas have been working. We tried a few occasions to go clear, simply because extra time is healthier however they have been actually good immediately. Ultimately, I simply sprinted within the final 50 metres and it was sufficient.”

“(Jonas) mentioned to me that Carapaz was bluffing and I knew it additionally. It is nothingunusual, that is the tactic, however when he attacked I used to be actually pushed to catch him and simply go along with his wheel nevertheless it was tremendous exhausting.

“It is a incredible day. To win in yellow is one thing I can not describe.”

Tour de France chief and Stage 17 winner Tadej Pogacar

Pogacar had attacked out of the group of favourites with eight kilometres of the 16km climb of the Portet to go because the final of the breakaway was swept up, with solely Vingegaard and Carapaz in a position to persist with him.

Carapaz tried to take an armchair experience up the climb, not coming via to the entrance as Pogacar and Vingegaard sought to drop him, with the Ecuadorian then launching a doomed transfer of his personal inside the ultimate 1500 metres.

Anthony Perez and Dorian Godon – the final two survivors of a six-man breakaway – had began the ultimate climb with a spot of virtually 4 minutes over the peloton and goals of delivering a French win on Bastille Day.

Pogacar holds a commanding lead after claiming his first stage while wearing the leader's yellow jersey (AP)

Pogacar holds a commanding lead after claiming his first stage whereas carrying the chief’s yellow jersey (AP)

Perez attacked his former team-mate nonetheless with 13km of the climb to go, however the 30-year-old quickly started to see his benefit crumble – and hopes of a primary Cofidis stage win on the Tour since 2008 have been ended as Pogacar attacked simply because the group of favourites got here as much as his again wheel.

Victory on an enormous mountain stage allowed Pogacar to underline his dominance after he gained the stage-five time trial within the opening week.


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