Overall leader Tadej Pogacar wins second consecutive mountain stage-Sports News, Firstpost

In a short 130km mountain final stage, Pogacar edged out his two closest rivals, Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz, just as he did in the previous day’s summit final.

Tadej Pogacar celebrates crossing the finish line of the 18th stage of the Tour de France. PA

Lumière-Ardiden: The leader of the general classification, Tadej Pogacar, once again proved his dominance in the Tour de France by winning a second consecutive mountain stage in the Pyrenees on Thursday and said “it’s a game for me”.

In a short 130km mountain final stage, Pogacar edged out his two closest rivals, Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz, just as he did in the previous day’s summit final.

The 2020 champion continued the most dominant race in recent Tour memory, climbing the post-race stage four times; as stage winner, as best young rider, as best climber and as leader of the runaway general.

The peloton left Pau in the shadows on Thursday after a nightly anti-doping raid against the Bahrain-Victorious team at their hotel.

“It’s something strange, maybe just one more check to see that no one is hiding anything,” said Pogacar from the UAE. “We only found out in the morning, I don’t know what to think,” he said of the raid.

But as a quartet of Ineos led the rest of the peloton in the final climb of this Tour de France, the focus was on possible challenges for the leader on the road.

3km from the arrival of Pogacar, Vingegaard and Carapaz once again had to cross swords in battle until the finish. It was quickly settled. Pogacar ran the last mile with ease and slowed down as he crossed the finish line for his third stage victory in this edition.

“I felt good and I’m really happy with the victory. It’s a game for me, I enjoy playing it,” said the 22-year-old who has dominated in the mountains and on the very important counter- the watch. , just like Spaniard Alberto Contador and Briton Chris Froome did in their time.

Pogacar is enjoying a new era

But Pogacar was adamant he was not yet on the verge of greatness.

“This is not the Pogacar era, but for sure a new generation is here,” he said.

“It’s important to have fun and enjoy what you do, some you win, some get lost but you still have fun, says my coach,” said Pogacar, smiling and looking relaxed.

“Tomorrow I plan to enjoy every minute of the dish,” he said of Friday’s stage.

He admitted concerns about the final challenge, a 30km time trial.

“You can waste six minutes in 30 km like that,” he said.

Pogacar pulverized the opposition in the first time trial he won in stage five.

Pogacar leads Dane Vingegaard by nearly six minutes with Carapaz just behind the Jumbo man in third with three stages to go, a flat Friday, the time trial and Sunday’s parade in Paris.

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