Tadej Pogačar admits he ‘cracked a little bit’ on Mont Ventoux

The yellow jersey was put under pressure by Jumbo-Visma’s Jonas Vingegaard

Tadej Pogačar on stage 11 of the Tour de France 2021
(Image credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Tadej Pogačar admitted he did crack on the second ascent of Mont Ventoux on stage 11 of the Tour de France 2021.

Pogačar, the reigning Tour champion and the current leader of the race, has been unshakeable in the opening 10 stages of this years’ race, but he finally looked under pressure on day 11.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.