Tour de France 2021: Stage 17 – Pogacar unleashes power and strength on Col du Portet

Anyone who had any doubt in the strength of Tadej Pogacar only had to watch today’s Stage 17 to realise that, bar a complete collapse, the peloton’s wunderkind is going to ride into Paris on Sunday to take his second Tour de France in a row. In a stunning show of power – both by his UAE team and then by Pogacar on the final 10km of the stage – the stage ended with the widely predicted win for the reigning champion but the manner of the win was something quite spectacular. As for second and third podium positions, they seem relatively safe from the bunch for Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) and Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) respectively, with the closest rival, EF’s Rigoberto Uran, more than a minute and a half down from them in GC. But with only 4 seconds between the two, we can expect some Jumbo-Ineos fireworks on the last mountain stage tomorrow.

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 16 – Patrick Konrad solos in damp conditions

What stage is it today? I have lost count, truthfully. [It’s Stage 16 of Tour de France 2021 – ed] I suppose it doesn’t even really matter given the boringness of today’s stage. Heck, the jackhammering that went on outside my window for three hours this morning brought more excitement and change of pace to my day than the race on my television screen did. The stage saw a less than invigorated breakaway performance, a peloton full of GC favorites content on riding for the podium, and plenty of rain. At the end of it all, Bora’s Patrick Konrad soloed away from his companions to claim his first World Tour victory and saved Bora’s otherwise disastrous Tour. In a turn of events that continues to make me scratch my head, Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Victorious) came home second on the stage with a not-so-shiny Michael Matthews (BikeExchange) in third.

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