Samuel Sánchez: Tadej Pogačar can 'make a big difference' on Mur de Péguère descent

The former Spanish pro predicts that the trio of Pyrenean stages will begin with a bang

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Two Pyrenean summit finishes may look, on paper at least, the best places for Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates) to reduce his deficit to Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) in the final week of the Tour de France, but one of the century's best descenders, Samuel Sánchez, believes that Pogačar can take back most time on stage 16 that finishes with a 28km descent.

Following a rest day in Carcassonne, the race resumes with a 178km stage to Foix, the fearsomely steep Mur de Péguère topping out less than 30km from the finishing town.

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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.