Tadej Pogačar 'felt pure joy' as he climbed to stage 17 win and closer to a second yellow jersey

The Slovenian wasn't unhappy with Richard Carapaz's apparent bluffing

Tadej Pogacar
(Image credit: Getty)

Tadej Pogačar "felt pure joy" as he moved one step closer to defending his Tour de France title on stage 17 atop the Col du Portet.

The UAE Team Emirates rider went clear with Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) and Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) in the final 10km of the relentlessly steep finishing climb, and beat Vingegaard in a sprint to the line by three seconds.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.