Tadej Pogacar emerged as the overwhelming Tour de France favourite after he destroyed the field by winning the fifth stage, a 27.2km individual time trial, on Wednesday.
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The defending champion clocked a best time of 32 minutes between Change and Laval to beat Stefan Kueng, the European champion, in the solo effort against the clock by 18 seconds.
Mathieu van der Poel took fifth place to retain the overall leader’s yellow jersey.
“I didn’t think I was going to keep the jersey. It was a great day, I’m really happy,” said Van der Poel, who is expected to surrender his lead when the race reaches the mountains on Saturday.
Pogacar’s performance is a massive blow to his rivals for the title as 2018 champion Geraint Thomas ended up one minute 18 seconds behind and last year’s runner-up Primoz Roglic finished 44 seconds off the pace.
Pogacar is now second overall, eight seconds behind Van der Poel while Roglic is 10th, 1:40 down on his compatriot and Thomas 12th, a further six seconds behind.
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