'We expect war every day' — Pogačar in race lead at Tour de France, but Jumbo-Visma ready to take fight to him

Two stage wins and the yellow jersey already for the Slovenian, but most of the climbs are still to come

Tadej Pogačar
(Image credit: Getty Images)

It was inevitable. Tadej Pogačar wanted to win on La Planche des Belles Filles again, and so it came to pass. Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) tried his best to win the stage from the breakaway, but was foiled within the vertiginous final hundred metres. Then Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) put his best effort in, but it was just not enough to stop the Pog-lification of the stage.

This is just what seems to happen at the Tour de France, seemingly, his eighth at the Tour in just 49 stages, his second of this year's edition already. The 23-year-old has won more stages than 37-year-old Chris Froome already, a four-time Tour winner. After his wins on Thursday and Friday, it appeared like all hope might already be lost for an open GC battle this year. 

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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.