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Can anyone stop Tadej Pogačar? That’s the big question as we head into the Pyrénées and the final week of the Tour de France. We take a look at who has a chance to chip away at the defending champion’s sizable lead and what it will take. The final mountain stages will be challenging, especially with more rain in the forecast. But will they be enough to allow anyone to put Pogačar on the back foot?
For one team anticipated to be the strongest at the Tour’s start, the answer to that question is increasingly looking like no. The Ineos Grenadiers may arrive in Paris with nothing to show for their efforts—highly unusual for one of the most dominant teams of the last decade. We check in with Tao Geoghegan Hart to see what’s going on inside their camp, which has been guarded throughout the Tour. Are we witnessing the decline of the Ineos dynasty? And is a UAE-Emirates dynasty ascendant?
One rider who is also on the rise is Sepp Kuss, who just became the first American to win a stage of the Tour in a decade. Just how far can he go towards become a GC contender?
We also examine one of the most telling details from this year’s GC race: the massive time gaps between riders after 10th place. It paints a picture of a truly attritional race where crashes and weather have worn down the peloton. And plenty of difficult days remain heading into the final week.
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