Tadej Pogačar continued his good record with Tour de France time trials, taking victory on stage 5 in the race against the clock.
After 284 days from the success in the time trial at La Planche des Belles Filles in the Grande Boucle 2020, the Slovenian of UAE Team Emirates achieved a splendid performance in the 27.2 km time trial from Changé to Laval on a course characterized by continuous ups and downs.
Here is how Pogačar commented on his success: “Today was a beautiful day for me: I didn’t make any mistakes and I rode in perfect weather and temperature conditions, while other athletes were caught in the rain.
I knew the route and, compared to the last two time trials that I had raced and in which I had started too strong, today I set the right pace that allowed me to pedal perfectly until the end".
Results 5th stage
1. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) 32’00 “
2. Stefan Kung (Groupama-FDJ) +19 ”
3. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) +27 ”
General classification after the 5th stage
1. Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) 16h51’41 ”
2. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) +8 “
3. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) +30 “
Photo: Bettini Photo (UAE Team Emirates)