Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) took control of the yellow jersey today at the Tour of California with victory on stage 6, the queen stage of the race on the summit of Mt. Baldy. The Slovenian matched several attacks from Sergio Higuita (EF-Education First) on the final climb before taking a much cleaner line through the final corner to beat him to the line. Seem EF has had a few issues with turning this year… George Bennett (Jumbo Visma) finished third, while Richie Porte (Trek Segafredo) took fourth.
Tejay van Garderen (EF-Education First) cracked with 4.2km to go on the final climb, by the end of the day he’d lost nearly a minute and a half. Kasper Asgreen (QuickStep) began the day in second overall and put in an incredible effort on the final climb which allowed him to finish the stage in sixth place, just 22 seconds down.
Pogacar came into the stage at fourth overall, 16 seconds off of van Garderen’s lead, and he now leads the race by that same margin. Asgreen sits in third.