- Danish rider pulls away from rival on stage 18 summit finish
- Jonas Vingegaard now leads Tadej Pogacar by 3min 26sec
Tadej Pogacar’s hopes of dethroning Jonas Vingegaard as Tour de France leader were extinguished after the final mountain stage in the Pyrenees, in which the Dane increased his overall lead, with only three stages of this year’s race remaining.
As on the Col du Granon, Pogacar lost contact with Vingegaard halfway up the final climb, after a ferocious turn of pace from his Jumbo-Visma teammate Wout van Aert distanced the Slovenian. Vingegaard rode on to the finish at Hautacam to claim his second mountaintop stage win, while Pogacar came across the finish line over a minute later.
Written by Jeremy Whittle in Hautacam
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