Tadej Pogacar takes the yellow jersey of the Tour de France
Posted On July 3, 2021
Belgian rider Dylan Teuns claimed his second stage victory in the Tour de France on Saturday in Le Grand-Bornand, winning stage 8 while Slovenian rider Tadej Pogacar took back the yellow jersey at the start of the race in the Alps.
Mathieu van der Poel of Alpecin-Fenix held the yellow jersey at the start of the day but fell to 23rd place overall, 17 minutes and 20 seconds behind Pogacar after the 93 mile race.
Teuns, from Bahrain Victorious, first reached the top of La Colombière – the last of three Category 1 climbs on the stage – then increased his lead to 44 seconds on the descent to the finish line.
Defending UAE Team Emirates champion Pogacar reached the top just 20 seconds behind Teuns, but took no chances in the rain as he settled for fourth place 49 seconds behind .
Ion Izagirre Insausti, of Astana-Premier Tech, finished second on the stage. Michael Woods of Israel Start-Up Nation was third, 47 seconds behind.
Van der Poel had held the yellow jersey since the second stage, but came out of the main peloton at La Colombière.
Both considered pre-race favorites, 2018 winner Geraint Thomas (45th) and 2020 runner-up Primoz Roglic (51st) also lost ground.
The Sunday mountain stage is 90 miles and includes two category 1 climbs between Cluses and Tignes.
The 21-step course is scheduled to end on July 18 in Paris.
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