(Reuters) – The Tour de France is Primoz Roglic and his Jumbo-Visma team’s to lose after defending champion Egan Bernal imploded in spectacular fashion on Sunday, but his fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar lies in wait ahead of the final week.
Roglic leads by 40 seconds ahead of Tuesday’s mountain trek between La Tour du Pin and Villard de Lans. Second-placed Pogacar appears to be the only credible threat to the Vuelta champion after Colombian Bernal dropped out of contention when he cracked in the ascent to the Col du Grand Colombier.
Pogacar won at top of the unforgiving climb ahead of Roglic to claim his second victory on his Tour debut.
But while Roglic can rely on an awe-inspiring team in the mountains with Tom Dumoulin, George Bennett, Sepp Kuss and Wout van Aert setting a devilish pace on the climbs, Pogacar is often on his own and can only count on his own legs to make a difference.
“So far everything is going according to plan, but we are not there yet,” Roglic, a man of few words, told reporters.