Sports News: Tour de France raid on Team Bahrain Victorious

Tadej Pogacar consolidates its leadership position in the Tour de France once again. The Slovene, who is the sovereign leader in the overall standings, wins from Pau Light Ardiden also the last mountain arrival of the tour. With his third day win on the current tour and the second triumph in a row, Pogacar cemented his leading position in the 18th stage. Just like the day before on the Col du Portet, the Dane finished behind the 22-year-old Jonas Vingegaard and the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz in places 2 and 3, each two seconds behind.

In the overall standings, Pogacar extended his lead. He is now leading 5:45 minutes in front of Vingegaard and 5:51 in front of Carapaz. It is almost clear that the UAE Emirates team captain will take part in the Tour de France on Sunday in Paris second time in a row will win. For dessert, he also secured that in Luz Ardiden Points jersey of the best climber.

The previous fourth overall Rigoberto Uran from Colombia, who had already lost time the day before, really broke in on the 130 km long section and lost nine minutes on Pogacar. In the overall standings, he fell back to 9th place. This probably also clarifies the question of who next to Pogacar on the Champs-Élysées in Paris Pedestal will stand. Vingegard and Carapaz have a reserve of almost two and a half minutes on the newly ranked fourth Australian Ben O’Connor.

A strong race showed Marc Hirschi. The Bernese stood by his teammate Pogacar until a few kilometers before the finish line. In the final up to Luz Ardiden he lost a good four minutes on the top. (pre / sda)

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