‘I am gone. I am useless’ – Pogacar’s Tour de France hopes finish on Col de la Loze


The experiment of broadcasting snatches from staff radio conversations on this Tour de France had been an underwhelming one up thus far, with viewers gleaning little perception as they eavesdropped on essentially the most banal of interactions between administrators and riders. After which, on the higher reaches of the Col de la Loze, got here an sudden second of arid fact.

8km or so from the highest of the climb, the place the gradient stiffened in direction of 9% and the place the end result of all the race was about to be resolved definitively, the radio lastly crackled into life with one thing of substance: Tadej Pogačar’s admission of defeat.