Slovenian Tadej Pogacar final winner of the Tour de France

An unexpected winner, for a Tour de France not quite like the others. The young Slovenian runner Tadej Pogacar won the 107th edition of the Grande Boucle this Sunday, September 20, this year exceptionally postponed by two months due to Covid-19.

The 21st and final stage, which linked Mantes-la-Jolie and Paris for 122 km, was won by the Irishman Sam Bennett, green jersey, on the Champs-Elysées.

The surprise triumph of Tadej Pogacar took shape during the 20th and penultimate stage, a 36 km time trial that ended on Saturday at the top of La Planche des Belles Filles, and which he dominated , stealing the yellow jersey from his compatriot Primoz Roglic, just before the finish of the race in Paris.

The youngest Tour winner since the end of WWII

Winner of three stages, 21-year-old Pogacar leads the podium to Roglic, second, and Australian Richie Porte, third, and becomes the youngest winner of the Tour de France since the end of World War II.

“Cycling is an intensely religious phenomenon”

The Slovenian from the UAE Emirates team, who is only running his second season among professionals and is discovering the Tour de France, slapped the strongest team of the peloton, the Dutch Jumbo, until then dominant on this Tour.

Such a reversal of the situation had not occurred in the Tour since the memorable edition of 1989, when the American Greg LeMond had dispossessed Laurent Fignon of the yellow jersey on the last day in the “Chrono” ending on the Champs-Elysées.

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