'So far, so good' — Tadej Pogačar into yellow after Tour de France stage six, and it could be race over

UAE Team Emirates rider climbs into race lead. Once he has the jersey, he tends not to give it up

Tadej Pogačar in the yellow jersey at the 2022 Tour de France
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Spare a thought for Neilson Powless. The 25-year-old American had potentially the best chance in his life of claiming the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Thursday. All he had to do was finish in the same group as Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and hope that he did not win, and the race lead would be his, for a while anyway.

Pogačar had not read this script, had no interest in the first yellow jersey for the USA since 2006. He wanted the stage win, his seventh at the Tour in just 48 stages, and as he put it afterwards "anything else was just a bonus".

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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.