The young Slovenian powerhouse, Tadej Pogačar has officially claimed his second Tour de France in a very dominant fashion. After his impressive run last year, Pogačar showed everyone he was still the man to beat.
The youngest winner of the tour now a back-to-back winner
After pulling off a shocking victory in last year’s tour, Pogačar was the youngest rider to do it in 116 years. After defeating rival Primož Roglič in an intense battle in the penultimate time trial stage of the race. It was a bit different this year.
After claiming the yellow jersey in the early stages of the race, Pogačar clocked a huge lead over the other GC favorites with 5 minutes and 20 seconds separating him and Jonas Vinegaard.
In an interview, the Slovenian sensation said, “I can’t compare both Tour de France victories, I can’t say which one is more beautiful.” He then added, “This time, I took the yellow jersey quite earlier. It has been totally different.”
The start of a new era in cycling
After this year’s Tour De France, we now all know, that amongst everyone, Pogačar holds the standard in cycling. After all, he did not just win the yellow jersey, but he also won the king of the mountains jersey and the young rider jersey. We also saw the resurrection of Mark Cavendish’s racing career. Tying the record set by Eddy Merckx in 1975 for the greatest number of stage wins in the Tour.
We will all see our favorite riders in Tokyo next Saturday as they battle it out to win their respective countries a gold medal. Amongst the riders to be watched is Pogačar who will be riding for Slovenia.