Tadej Pogačar: ‘Today was one of the worst days of my life on the bike’

UAE Team Emirates leader loses more than five minutes on Tour de France queen stage

Tadej Pogacar at the finish of stage 17 of the 2023 Tour de France
Tadej Pogacar at the finish of stage 17 of the 2023 Tour de France
(Image credit: Zac Williams / SWpix.com)

Today was the day the race for the 2023 Tour de France yellow jersey died. Or more specifically when one of its two main protagonists pronounced it so.

Tadej Pogačar didn’t last long enough to see the hardest slopes of the day from his nemesis’s wheel. On the lower slopes of the long and fearsome Col de la Loze he radioed to his team-mates: “I’m gone. I’m dead.”

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