Tadej Pogačar: 'Maybe today was payback for yesterday,' as he mauls Tour de France competition on first mountain test

The Slovenian says he spotted weakness in Ineos before going on the attack, laying waste to the rest of the field

Tadej Pogačar
(Image credit: Getty)

In the Gulf of Mexico this morning a fire raged on the surface of the ocean, a gas leak from a malfunctioning pipeline bursting into life. Before long, however, the flames had been brought under control and eventually put out.

8,000 kilometres away another fire raged, just as spectacular and scary, as Tadej Pogačar attacked the Tour de France. Yet no matter how much rain poured from the heavens nor any smothering from his opponents over the past two days could extinguish the defending champion.

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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.