'It can ruin the whole Tour': Caution for Tadej Pogačar as teammate tests positive at Tour de France

The Slovenian increased his lead by four seconds on stage eight

Tadej Pogacar
(Image credit: Getty)

Tadej Pogačar has admitted that Covid-19 is "a big scare" after his teammate Vegard Stake Laengen was forced out of the Tour de France due to a positive test result.

Thoughts of the pandemic returned to the forefront of everyone's minds on Saturday morning with Laengen and Geoffrey Bouchard of AG2R Citröen both abandoning the race, and subsequently heightening the tension amongst the peloton ahead of a mandatory round of tests on Monday's rest day.

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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.