Tadej Pogacar wins against the clock in the fifth stage – .

Tadej Pogacar wins against the clock in the fifth stage – .

Tadej Pogacar has now won four stages in just two editions of the Tour de France

Defending champion Tadej Pogacar clinched a dominant time trial victory in stage five as Mathieu van der Poel narrowly retained the yellow jersey.

Pogacar, 22, completed the 27.2 km course in 32 minutes – 19 seconds faster than Stefan Kung second on the day.

The Slovenian’s mind-blowing race allowed him to devote more time to his rivals and almost take the lead in the overall standings.

But Van der Poel produced a defiant effort to finish fifth at Laval and is now eight seconds ahead of Pogacar.

“It was a very good day for me, luckily I had perfect conditions,” said Pogacar, who now has four stage victories on the Tour in the general classification.

“I saved some time so I’m super happy and excited for the whole Tour.

“I would love to have the yellow jersey too, but it also looks great on Mathieu. “

Pogacar is now set to take the yellow jersey before the end of the week, having won it in the penultimate stage last year, overtaking compatriot Primoz Roglic in a thrilling time trial.

Defending him for two weeks will be a new challenge for him and his UAE Team Emirates, but he already has a massive lead over his main rivals.

Jumbo-Visma’s Roglic, who is heavily bandaged after being caught in falls the first few days, had a good race to finish seventh on the stage.

He climbed to 10th place overall, but is already 1:48 behind his favorite pre-race compatriot.

It was a difficult day for the leaders of Ineos Grenadiers as the 2018 winner Geraint Thomas, who suffered a dislocated shoulder during a fall during the third stage, recorded 33:18 to finish 16th.

The Welshman is now 12th overall, 1:54 behind Pogacar, while Richard Carapaz just had to limit his losses, the Ecuadorian slipping from third to ninth place, 10 seconds ahead of Thomas.

“I came out conservatively, maybe too conservative, but that’s exactly what I had,” Thomas told ITV4.

“I didn’t feel 100% but I don’t want to stress it. I tried to do what I could and it was not enough.

“I woke up this morning and felt terrible, but once I started it got better. I just have to crack and face it. “

Results of the fifth stage

  1. Tadej Pogacar (Slo / UAE Team Emirates) 32:00
  2. Stefan Kung (Suisse/Groupama-FDJ) +19secs
  3. Jonas Vingegaard (Den / Jumbo-Visma) + 27secs
  4. Wout van Aert (Bel/Jumbo-Visma) +30secs
  5. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned/Alpecin-Fenix) +31secs
  6. Kasper Asgreen (Den/Deceuninck-QuickStep) +37secs
  7. Primoz Roglic (Slo / Jumbo-Visma) + 44secs
  8. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita/Deceuninck-QuickStep) +55secs
  9. Richie Porte (Aus / Ineos Grenadiers) Same time
  10. Alexey Loutsenko (Kaz / Astana) + 1min

General classification after the fifth stage

  1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned/Alpecin-Fenix) 16h 51min 41sec
  2. Tadej Pogacar (Slo / UAE Team Emirates) + 8secs
  3. Wout van Aert (Bel/Jumbo-Visma) +30secs
  4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-QuickStep) +48secs
  5. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz/Astana) +1min 21secs
  6. Pierre Latour (Fra / Total-Energies) + 1min 28secs
  7. Rigoberto Uran (Col / EF Education Nippo) + 1min 29secs
  8. Jonas Vingegaard (Den / Jumbo-Visma) + 1min 43secs
  9. Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Ineos Grenadiers) +1min 44secs
  10. Primoz Roglic (Slo / Jumbo-Visma) + 1min 48secs

Other selected

12. Geraint Thomas (GB/Ineos Grenadiers) +1min 54secs


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