'I just cracked myself': Tadej Pogačar reflects on second consecutive Tour de France defeat

UAE Team Emirates rider delighted to feel good at the end of third week, and take second stage win, despite setbacks

Tadej Pogačar on stage 20 of the 2023 Tour de France
Tadej Pogačar on stage 20 of the 2023 Tour de France
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Tadej Pogačar sits staring into space as the furore around Jonas Vingegard refuses to leave the press room. The man with the yellow jersey is in demand, a few questions from Danish television need to be asked, which apparently couldn’t be done anywhere else. 

UAE Team Emirates' Pogačar, for the second year running, will not finish the Tour de France in yellow, but instead in white, hardly a consolation prize for a man who has experienced the high of winning the whole thing. He sits, and just thanks to a cruel twist of fate and scheduling, has to watch his biggest rival, the man who has beaten him twice, face the adulation and rigmarole of winning. 

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.