Concern for teammates overshadows Tadej Pogacar’s start at Tour de France

Concern for teammates overshadows Tadej Pogacar’s start at Tour de France


2021 Tour de France champion Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) made a strong start to defending his title during stage 1 at the Tour de  France on Saturday. He briefly but impressively counter-attacked on the final climb, but after crossing the line, the Slovenian star was more concerned about his teammates, several of whom were caught up in the big crashes of the day, than any evaluation of his performance.

On the plus side, Pogačar was well-placed at the foot of the Fosse aux Loups  climb when stage winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) had made his move, and he managed to go clear ahead of the small pack of chasing favourites.



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