Tadej Pogacar has missed the next damper on Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard and is about to win the traditional Paris-Nice long-distance race.
The Slovenian professional cyclist also won the seventh stage over 142.9 kilometers up to the Col de la Couillole and thus further extended his lead. Pogacar won two seconds ahead of Frenchman David Gaudu, six seconds behind was his great Danish rival Vingegaard. It was Pogacar's seventh win of the season.
The two-time Tour Champion now sits 12 seconds ahead of Gaudu and almost a minute ahead of Vingegaard in the overall standings. The tour ends on Sunday with the eighth and final stage around Nice. There are still five climbs to be mastered, but the last 20 kilometers lead down to Nice.
The two-time overall winner Maximilian Schachmann did not start again. The Bora-hansgrohe team announced the day before, when the stage had been canceled due to a storm, that the native of Berlin would give up the race due to illness.