Tadej Pogačar has been a class apart this week. His stage finishes have been 29th, 4th, 8th, 1st, 2nd and 25th. He has pounced on every attack by the previous Tour de france winner, Egan Bernal, nearly caught Mathieu Van Der Poel in Sunday’s unforgettable denouement. He started the stage with a comfortable, 1’15” buffer over Wout Van Aert. His overall victory seemd assured. Indeed, bearing in mind his 4th place in the flat 13 km UAE Tour ITT, he seemed capable of doing just as well again today.