Tadej Pogachar raises his arms as if he has won a title Tour de France opening stagethat’s how happy he was for his teammate Adam Yates, as well as his own strong performance and third place finish on stage.
Yates won the stage ahead of his twin brother Simon and 12 seconds ahead of Pogazza’s group.
When Pogacha reached Yates after reaching the finish line, he hugged him, happily tapped his helmet before throwing a punch into the air.
“When I crossed the finish line and saw Adam win, I was probably happier than winning. It was a double celebration,” Pogacha said after donning the best young rider’s white jersey.
Pogazza was rewarded with a four-second time for third, so emirates team Yates, in yellow, was the Slovenian’s third overall pick. If the 2023 Tour de France were a 21-round boxing match, the UAE Team Emirates slammed Jonas Vingegaard and won the round on points.
Wengergaard was in the lead chase group with several teammates, but he finished 18 seconds behind Yates and four seconds behind Pogacha in the overall score.
Pogacar cast doubt on his form after game Broke three bones in hand during Liege-Bastogne-Liege match No cycling for a few weeks, no road training for six weeks.
On the steepest section of the Cote de Pike climb with 10km to go, he was able to follow in Yates’ footsteps and put away a number of his overall opponents, suggesting he was close to his best form, although his preparation suffered interfered.
“I’m very pleased with myself and the performance of the team,” he said.
“I think the energy started to flow on the final climb. It was very difficult, but I’m happy with the shape.”
Pogačar compared the start of the 2023 Tour de France with the Emirates Team Emirates to 2020.
“It’s been an amazing start,” said Pogazza gleefully.
“It reminds me of 2020, when Alex Kristoff won the first stage in Nice and in the end it was a good Tour de France. We hope it will be the same this year. “
Of course, Pogacha won the 2020 Tour de France.