Weaker teams and descending fears: Tadej Pogačar's rivals respond to stage four Tour de France losses

Remco Evenepoel is the closest to Tadej Pogačar in the GC but faces a big challenge to overhaul the Slovenian in Friday's time trial

Remco Evenepoel
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Tadej Pogačar's rivals had just suffered their first notable and painful defeat at the 2024 Tour de France, but their immediate reaction was not to show disappointment, rather rustle around their bag of go-to post-race statements and deliver them with the usual effusiveness.

“I’m satisfied with today,” Primož Roglič said after finishing 35 seconds behind Pogačar in Valloire, but ceding an additional 18 seconds in bonus seconds. 

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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 long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide 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.