Colmar – Slovenia’s Tadej Pogačar, the man favoured to win the Tour de France, dominated the first mountain stage on Friday to extend his lead in the overall standings.
In a close finish to the Super Planche des Belles Filles, Pogačar defeated the Dane Jonas Vingegaard after yesterday’s surprise win.
Slovenia’s Primož Roglič was third, 12 seconds adrift.
In the overall standings, Pogačar now has a 35-second lead on Vingegaard, with third-placed Geraint Thomas of the UK a minute and ten seconds behind.
Roglič advanced to 13th place and has a gap of two minutes and 45 seconds on his compatriot.