‘They’re definitely vulnerable’ - Ineos look to pressure Pogačar’s Covid-weakened team

Two positive Covid tests in the ranks could put defending champion on the back foot, despite still holding yellow

Tadej Pogacar at the Tour de France 2022 stage 10
(Image credit: Michael Steele / Getty)

 Yellow jersey Tadej Pogačar’s UAE Emirates team looks vulnerable as the Tour de France’s two biggest stages loom, members of Ineos Grenadiers concluded after a difficult day for the Slovenian.

At the beginning of the Tour’s tenth stage Pogačar lost key domestique George Bennett, when he tested positive for Covid. That left UAE Emirate two riders down after Vegard Stake Laengen had to leave the Tour on stage eight. 

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