But these events will all be secondary, at least on Sunday. The 2021 edition of the Tour will be remembered as the one where Pogacar, who was no longer a surprise, turned into an unstoppable champion.
His superiority was in the spotlight on Wednesday and Thursday, when he won two consecutive stages in the Pyrenees.
In the last climbs of stage 17, leading to the Col du Portet, Carapaz attempted to overtake Pogacar by leading an attack less than a mile from the finish line. As Carapaz grimaced in pain, drove in one last push for the yellow jersey, and started to crack, Pogacar stuck to his rear wheel, calm and almost expressionless.
With only 330 feet to go, Pogacar cut behind him, accelerated and disappeared. His opponents, Carapaz and Vingegaard, were left behind in a few seconds, as if frozen in place.