'I've crashed six times this year': Tadej Pogačar feels stress of yellow as he answers questions of doubt

Heavy is the head that pulls on the yellow jersey as Pogačar readies himself for Ventoux challenge

Tadej Pogačar
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For the first time on the rest day, Tadej Pogačar was asked the question of whether cycling can trust the dominance he's displayed so far at the Tour de France, to which the yellow jersey replied: "I think we have a lot of doping controls that prove [the doubters] wrong."

It's customary, given the sport's past, for the leader of the yellow jersey to be asked about his legitimacy, and when asked again at the post-race press conference after stage 10, Pogačar said the gaps he's achieving are due to his rivals having crashed earlier in the race and that if he opened up his files to the public, that would have the unwanted effect of helping his competition.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.