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Pogacar makes no gains at Tour de France even after attacking 180km out

Pogacar makes no gains at Tour de France even after attacking 180km out

Tadej Pogacar attacked but came up empty as Jonas Vingegaard marked his every move on stage 14 of the 2022 Tour de France (Image credit:…

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Tadej Pogacar attacked but came up empty as Jonas Vingegaard marked his every move on stage 14 of the 2022 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Tadej Pogačar tried and tried and tried again on stage 14 of the Tour de France , but he just couldn’t dislodge race leader Jonas Vingegaard as he took the fight to the maillot jaune on the road to Mende.

Whether it was inside the opening 10km of the transition stage following the Alps, or at 3.5km to go on the steep slopes of the closing Côte de la Croix Neuve, the pair were – as was the case at Super Planche and Châtel – a class above the rest of the field but inseparable at the finish.

Pogačar had initially made a move in an unexpected place, the day’s first climb with a mammoth 184km left to run of the 192.5km stage. He jumped up to the still-nascent break of the day on the Côte de Saint-Just-Malmont, catching Vingegaard napping as the Dane’s Jumbo-Visma teammate marked the move.

He tried again later in the climb, with Vingegaard himself having to mark the move and much of his squad nowhere to be seen. Pogačar later explained his early attacks, saying he hoped to stress out his rivals.

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