Set, at a day of 22, to become the youngest post-war champion, Pogacar flew the penultimate stage, an uphill time trial, devouring the 57-second lead that had made Roglic impregnable before the confrontation.
Also amazing: this is Pogacar’s first tour.
In the end, it wasn’t even close. Pogacar was sensational, not only pulling off the yellow jersey of Roglic’s iconic race leader, but also winning the time trial. Roglic did no better than fifth, a whopping 1 minute, 56 seconds slower than his compatriot.
“Incredible, incredible,” said Pogacar. ” My head is going to explode. ”
Since Britons Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome finished 1-2 in the 2012 Tour, no nation has taken the top two places.
But almost everyone – even Pogacar – expected Roglic to travel to Paris with the yellow jersey on his shoulders, on his way to becoming the first Slovenian winner. Roglic took the lead in Stage 9 and held it until Saturday, the worst day to lose him. He is now 59 seconds ahead of Pogacar.
“I can’t believe how difficult it must be for him,” Pogacar said. “He must be devastated. But that’s the bike race.
Only a major crash on Sunday – highly unlikely – on what is traditionally a quiet and ceremonial walk in Paris before the final sprint to the line will prevent Pogacar from succeeding 2019 winner Egan Bernal, who was 22, as the youngest champion in the world. ‘after war. .
“I can’t wait to cross the line in Paris,” Pogacar said.
The Australian Richie Porte will complete the podium after climbing from fourth to third place in the time trial to the Planches des Belles Filles ski resort in eastern France.
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