Pogacar warns Roglic: ‘We’re here and we’re going to fight to the end’

Where a battle between Primoz Roglic and Egan Bernal was expected, the Tour de France had a duel between Roglic and Tadej Pogacar. At the start of the third Tour week, in which three Alpine stages are on the menu, two Slovenes lead the classification of the Tour de France.

Pogacar will not fall out of the sky. Last year he won his first pro victory in the Tour de Algarve and in September he won three stages in the Vuelta where he finished third in the general classification.

But he hadn‘t seen the 21-year-old Tourdebutant still competing for the yellow jersey after two weeks of racing. “I had confidence in my form, but I wouldn’t have believed this if someone had said it to me. We are here and we are going to fight to the end

Sunday’s stage was controlled up to 600 metres below the summit by Jumbo-Visma. Pogacar didn’t ride one meter at the top. It wasn’t until Roglic attacked and Pogacar realised he could get on that there was a man-to-man fight in which he turned out to be the strongest. He won four bonification seconds with it.

It was a tough fight to the finish, so I don‘t think Roglic let me win. I look up to him, he is a very good rider. I have a lot of respect for him, but if I can win, I’ll take my chance

Take a look at the general classification below:

Pogacar has lost his most important helpers: Fabio Aru and Davide Formolo have already had to leave the Tour. When it really matters, he is on his own, while Roglic is (almost) always surrounded by helpers like Robert Gesink, Wout van Aert and Tom Dumoulin.

Jumbo-Visma is probably the strongest team this year, especially in the Tour. The battle for the yellow hasn‘t been fought yet, but I can’t tell you how we are going to do it because then it won’t be a surprise anymore”