Tadej Pogacar proved his dominance at the Tour de France as he won a second consecutive mountain stage in the Pyrenees and said “it’s a game for me.”
On the short 80 mile mountain stage, Pogacar out-ran his two closest rivals, Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz, just as he did on the previous day.
The 2020 champion continued the most dominant run in recent Tour memory, by climbing on to the post-race podium four times — as stage winner, as best young rider, best climber and as the runaway overall leader.
Pogacar was adamant he was not on the cusp 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 are doing. Some you win, some you lose but always have fun, my coach says,” Pogacar said smiling and looking relaxed.
“Tomorrow I aim to enjoy every minute of the flat run,” he said of Friday’s stage.
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