Pogacar was again head and shoulders above the rest of the field. He attacked from the group of contenders a full 30km out after his sports director said ahead of the race “the Tour de France starts here.”
Before Van der Poel dropped off the pace on the second climb, he drew alongside Pogacar and the two chatted a few moments.
“He wished me well and said he hoped I got the jersey today,” Pogacar said.
STAGE 8 HIGHLIGHTS
RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini