/ 19 July 2021

Tour de Pogacar

It’s a back-to-back triumph in the Tour de France for Tadej Pogacar, the 22yo Slovenian cyclist who rides for UAE Team Emirates. And he’s not done it by halves – along with taking out the overall individual win, Pogacar is also this year’s King of the Mountain and best young rider. “He rides like we don’t exist,” said Spain’s Enric Mas. As an indication of how dominant his Tour de France campaign was, just 2 riders – Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz – finished within 10 minutes of him at the end of the penultimate stage. Pogacar said the win is more enjoyable than last year’s because he hadn’t expected to take it out in 2020. And there’s no rest for the victorious – he’s off to Tokyo tomorrow to compete in the road race. Not that he’s predicting great things with little time to recover. The best-placed Aussie in the Tour was Perth lad Ben O’Connor who came in 4th.

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