Pogacar Dominates Galibier to Reclaim Yellow Jersey at Tour de France

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Valloire, France – Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates delivered a spectacular solo victory in the 4th stage of the Tour de France, reclaiming the coveted yellow jersey. The stage, which crossed from Italy into France and concluded at Valloire with the challenging ascent of Col du Galibier, saw Pogacar attack with 800 meters to the summit, leaving his rivals behind and securing a 35-second lead over the chasing pack.

A Commanding Performance

Pogacar’s decisive move came after his team controlled the early climbs of Sestriere and Col de Montgenevre. At 2,642 meters, the summit of Col du Galibier proved the perfect launchpad for the Slovenian’s attack. His solo effort not only secured his 12th stage win in the Tour de France but also reestablished him as the overall leader with a 45-second advantage.

“I’m super happy. This was more or less the plan, and we executed it very well. It was like a dream stage, and finishing alone was very special. I wanted to push hard today because I was confident I could win and gain some seconds. I know this stage very well, having trained here a lot, and it felt like a home stage, passing through Sestriere and Montgenevre,” Pogacar said post-race.

The Battle on Galibier

With strong headwinds on the ascent of Galibier, Pogacar timed his attack perfectly. “There was a lot of headwind on the Galibier climb, so I didn’t want to attack too early. I saved my legs for that attack with 800 meters to go and pushed as hard as I could to open up a gap. Knowing the descent helped a lot, but it was a bit scary with the wet corners. The gap I opened is good news, but we have three demanding weeks ahead, and this week in particular, there’s a time trial that could create some gaps,” he added.

Remco Evenepoel of Soudal QuickStep finished second, and Pogacar’s teammate Juan Ayuso came in third. Former race leader Richard Carapaz of EF Education-EasyPost fell behind in the final section, crossing the line over five minutes later.

The Stage Summary

The peloton started in Pinerolo with 174 riders, missing Casper Pedersen (Soudal-Quick Step) due to a broken collarbone from a previous stage crash. As the race progressed into the mountains, Mads Pedersen (Lidl-Trek) attempted an early breakaway at the intermediate sprint but was ultimately reeled back.

On the climb to Sestriere, a 17-rider breakaway formed, including notable names like Chris Juul-Jensen (Jayco-AlUla), Julien Bernard (Lidl-Trek), David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), and Stephen Williams (Israel-Premier Tech). Williams led the climbs of Sestriere and Col de Montgenevre, collecting maximum mountain points.

In the descent from Montgenevre, UAE Team Emirates set a fierce pace, causing splits in the peloton. As the race hit the final climb of Galibier, only 30 riders remained in the main group. Pogacar’s decisive attack at 800 meters to the summit saw him crest the top 10 seconds ahead of Jonas Vingegaard, earning the Souvenir Henri-Desgrange award for first over Galibier.

The Jerseys

  • Yellow Jersey (General Classification Leader): Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)
  • Green Jersey (Points Leader): Jonas Abrahamsen (UNO-X Mobility)
  • Polka Dot Jersey (King of the Mountains): Jonas Abrahamsen (UNO-X Mobility)
  • White Jersey (Best Young Rider): Remco Evenepoel (Soudal QuickStep)

Looking Ahead

With his remarkable performance, Pogacar now leads the general classification with Evenepoel in second place and Jonas Vingegaard (Visma Lease a Bike) in third, 50 seconds behind. The Tour continues with much anticipation as riders brace for the upcoming individual time trial and more grueling mountain stages.

Photos by ASO/Charly Lopez.

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