Opinion: Tadej Pogačar has one big advantage entering Tour de France’s second week

The wind is not blowing in the favour of Jonas Vingegaard as the race approaches the Alps

Tadej Pogačar attacks Jonas Vingegaard at Tour de France 2023
Tadej Pogačar attacks Jonas Vingegaard at Tour de France 2023
(Image credit: Pool / Getty)

Cyclists are all amateur physicists, we’re good at judging momentum. We know how far up the next rise in the road it will carry us, we sense when our tyre choice is robbing us of some of it and we know when to put another sinew to the sword to maintain it.

Tadej Pogačar is no different. He enters the second week of the Tour de France with a gentle breeze blowing at his back while he remains essentially tied with yellow jersey holder Jonas Vingegaard, a paltry 17 seconds separating them.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.