McNulty: Signs still positive for Pogacar comeback at Tour de France

As if we didn’t know it already, a week is a long time at the Tour de France. When Tadej Pogačar won atop La Planche des Belles Filles on stage 7 to buttress his overall lead, this race appeared destined to follow a markedly similar plot to last year. The Slovenian, it seemed, again had free rein to win in whatever way he pleased.

In the seven days since, Pogačar has instead experienced something novel on the Tour: losing. First, he lost two teammates to positive tests for COVID-19. Then he lost the yellow jersey and three minutes to Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) on the Col du Granon on stage 11. And now he has, at least temporarily, lost the aura of invincibility that made him the almost unbackable favorite to win a third successive Tour.

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