Tadej Pogacar won the second successful Tour de France.© AFP
Tadej Pogacar won his second successful Tour de France on Sunday, when Wout van Aert won the final stage of the Champs Elysees in Paris. Pogacar entered in the 11th hour to win the 2020 edition, but this year he sealed his dominance in the first week and will wear a yellow jersey under the Victory Arch while he was the undisputed champion at just 22 years old. Belgian rider Van Aert from Jumbo went ahead of the British Mark Cavendish who took the 21st stage before winning the time trial at Saint-Emilion and the mountain stage at Mont Ventoux.
Jonas Vingegaard, a rider from the Danish Jumbo team, was second surprisingly, while Richard Carapaz from Ineos was third, following his victory in the 2019 Giro d’Italia.
Marking the end of the old era, 36-year-old Cavendish lost his fifth victory in this edition – and the 35th record of the Tour de France – to enter the list at the last minute and finish in a massive sprint after winning four of the six.
Pogacar “walked among the raindrops” after a literal accident survived when the Tour departed from the western tip of the nation in the Atlantic port of Brest.
The Slovenian threw his rivals in the first time trial, the race started towards the ski resorts on the Swiss and Italian borders and he also had his own.
The UAE Team Emirates leader then took a couple of joyful mountain victories in the Pyrenees to seal the rubber of being the best cyclist on the Tour this year.
He also won the Best Under-25 Rider Awards and the Mountain King Polka Dot Awards, a triple he also achieved in his debut last year.
Topics mentioned in this article