Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar confesses that he may have been more potent these days however continues to be constructive about his Excursion de France possibilities within the 3rd week

Through Julien Pretot | Lead photograph through Papon Bernard/Reuters

L’Alpe d’Huez, France (Reuters) – Tadej Pogacar attacked Excursion de France general chief Jonas Vingegaard two times within the ascent to L’Alpe d’Huez on Thursday in a bid to reclaim the yellow jersey however the protecting champion admitted missing slightly of self-confidence an afternoon after cracking in a grueling Alpine degree.

Vingegaard’s Jumbo-Visma set a devilish tempo within the first a part of the 13.8-kilometer climb at 8.1 p.c, combating any assault from the 23-year-old, who misplaced some 3 mins when he got here underneath fireplace from the Dane’s crew on Wednesday.

It was once best with lower than 4 kilometers to move that Pogacar may make his first transfer and Vingegaard adopted simply, additionally slightly getting out of the saddle when the second one assault got here.

“He did some excellent assaults, he was once sturdy these days and fortunately I used to be in a position to observe him,” Vingegaard informed newshounds. “He appeared sturdy. In spite of everything I used to be there so these days was once a excellent day.”

Tadej Pogacar wearing the white jersey celebrates on the podium after Stage 12
Tadej Pogacar dressed in the white jersey celebrates at the podium after Degree 12 | Photograph through Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Vingegaard leads second-placed Pogacar through two mins 22 seconds after the 2 giant Alpine phases however the Slovenian promised he would proceed to combat, taking a look forward to the Pyrenees within the 3rd week.

“I believe after the day gone by I used to be no longer as assured as I believed I’d be,” Pogacar mentioned candidly the day after the most important defeat of his profession.

“I may have been more potent these days however I’m comfortable with the outcome, it’s nonetheless an extended option to pass, the Excursion isn’t over.”

“I do know why I suffered the day gone by, this won’t occur once more. I’m beautiful assured. Jonas is tremendous tremendous sturdy however I want to have the option to regain some mins.”

(Reporting through Julien Pretot; Modifying through Ken Ferris)

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