Jai Hindley’s time within the yellow jersey lasted simply 24 hours after a disastrous sixth stage of the Tour de France.
- Jai Hindley fell to 3rd general after cracking on stage six
- Two-time champion Tadej Pogačar gained the stage
- Defending champion Jonas Vingegaard is within the yellow jersey
Two-time champion Tadej Pogačar gained the stage in three hours, 54 minutes, 27 seconds, beating key rival Jonas Vingegaard by 23 seconds.
Vingegaard, the defending champion, is now first general.
Hindley, who completed two minutes 39 seconds again in sixth, cracked below stress on the famed Col du Tourmalet climb.
The West Australian began the day with a lead of 47 seconds over Vingegaard after his beautiful victory on stage 5, however was unable to dwell with the tempo of defending champion Vingegaard’s Jumbo Visma teammate Sepp Kuss.
Nevertheless, after his breakaway victory into Laruns, Hindley couldn’t keep the tempo on the 144.9km stage from Tarbes to Cauterets-Cambasque.
Hindley misplaced round two minutes on the slopes of the Col du Tourmalet as the massive favourites Vingegaard and Pogačar turned up the tempo and underlined their high quality on the second day of the Pyrenees.
On the respectable, Vingegaard and Pogačar linked up with the breakaway led by Wout van Aert, who then drove the lead group of eight in the direction of the bottom of the ultimate climb as much as the Cambasque plateau.
Hindley valiantly tried to restrict his losses, with teammate Emanuel Buchmann main the chase as Ineos Grenadiers lent their help.
Forward of him although, the principle favourites did battle on the difficult 16km ascent to the end.
Van Aert drove Vingegaard to inside 5 kilometres of the summit, at which level the defending champion took over, with Pogačar in shut competition, poised to pounce.
The assault got here at 2.7km to go, with Pogačar distancing his Danish rival
He had 53 seconds to make up with the intention to usurp his precept rival and journey into the yellow jersey.
He did not handle that, however struck a giant blow on Vingegaard to climb to second general, simply 25 seconds behind after profitable his tenth profession Tour de France stage.
Hindley stays third general, one minute and 34 seconds again.