SAINT-EMILION, France (AP) — There was no drama this, and Tadej Pogacar is guaranteed to win a second straight Tour de France. The defending champion from Slovenia just needed to play it safe in Saturday’s to put the finishing touches to his summer triumph and retain his yellow jersey. That’s precisely what he did, placing eighth, almost one minute behind .
It contrasted sharply with last year’sagainst the Planche des Belles Filles clock. The UAE with a last-minute effort in one of the most remarkable turnarounds in the history of the race. “ , everything was decided on the last (time trial), and the emotions were by far stronger,” Pogacar said.
With the race’s final day on Sunday usually uneventful until the last sprint on the Champs-Elysees, themarked the previous severe test after nearly three exhausting weeks. Given Pogacar’s near six-minute advantage at the start, it was unlikely someone would be able to knock the Slovenian off his perch.
As seconds into the final day, a 109-kilometer (68-mile) stage from Chatou to Paris. Pogacar won the delayed in 116 years.the 31-kilometer (19-mile) stage from Libourne to Saint-Emilion, Pogacar took no risks, conceding 57 seconds to the Belgian champion. He will carry an insurmountable lead of five minutes, 20
“I can’t compare both Tour de France victories. I can’t say which one is more beautiful,” he said. “, I took the yellow jersey quite earlier. It has been different.” Pogacar routed all of his rivals during the first week of crash-filled . He stamped his authority on the race in the first jersey in the Alps. He reigned supreme in the Pyrenees with two and did not need to go full gas in the burning heat enveloping the vineyards of Saint-Emilion.
Van Aert’sthis year after the versatile Belgian claimed the double ascent of the Mont Ventoux. On a course with frequent direction changes, Van Aert delivered a vintage raw power performance to declare a fifth individual . had 21 seconds on second-placed Kasper As green, and Jonas Vingegaard was third, 32 seconds off the pace.
“It is quite something,” day in the last couple of days, and I’m so happy that I can finish it off. The course was perfect for me; it was more rolling and faster than the first TT.”said. “Winning a Tour de France time trial has been one of the biggest objectives in my career. I’ve been focused on this
“It’s been a real hard Tour de France for our team, but in the end, we have three, and we have Jonas in second on GC, which is an amazing result for only four guys left, so I’m proud of how we fight.” Overall, Vingegaard cemented his runner-up spot ahead of Richard Carapaz, who lagged 7:03 behind Pogacar. More Tour de France coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/TourdeFrance and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports.