Wout van Aert Pulls Off Incredible Upset On The Champs-Elysées!


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Who won the time trial in the Tour de France today?

Van Aert won the 30.8km time trial by 21 seconds over Demark's Kasper Asgreen of Deceuninck-Quick Step, with Vingegaard third, a further 11 seconds back. Vingegaard clawed back 15 seconds overall on Pogacar, but Carapaz lost one minute 12 seconds. BBC SportTour de France: Tadej Pogacar set for victory as Wout van Aert wins time trial

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Stage 21 - Chatou to Paris - 108.4km - Sunday, July 18 The final stage of the Tour de France is almost always its shortest road stage, but it packs a lot in: celebration, performance, and competition. It's never a difficult course. BicyclingTour de France 2021 - Stage 20 Preview

Out for a ride: Tadej Pogacar wins 2nd straight Tour title

The Macomb Daily 18 July, 2021 - 02:51pm

Tadej Pogacar took the yellow jersey to Paris to win his second straight Tour de France on Sunday after a grueling three-week odyssey that at times he made look like a recreational ride.

Pogacar’s repeat success at cycling’s biggest event was a tale of total dominance, prompting one question: At age 22, how many more Tours can the Slovenian win?

Pogacar won his first title last September when he became the Tour’s youngest champion in 116 years. He is now the youngest double winner of the race.

In sharp contrast to last year — when as a rookie he had to wait until the penultimate stage to seize the overall lead — Pogacar has been untouchable in this race.

His team was better equipped and better prepared, and Pogacar assumed the favorite’s mantle with the ease of a seasoned veteran. His supremacy was such that, in addition to his overall win, he also claimed the King of the Mountains and best young rider jerseys.

The UAE Team Emirates leader successfully defended his huge lead of 5 minutes, 20 seconds over second-place Jonas Vingegaard in the mostly ceremonial final stage to the Champs-Elysees on Sunday. Richard Carapaz finished third overall, 7:03 off the pace.

Vingegaard and Carapaz were the only riders to finish within 10 minutes of the two-time champion.

“I did my best, maximum, like I always do, and that was enough,” Pogacar said.

Wout van Aert won the 21st stage in a mass sprint. That prevented Mark Cavendish from beating Belgian great Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 stage wins which the British sprinter equaled earlier in the race.

The mostly flat 108-kilometer (67-mile) leg began in Chatou just outside Paris and concluded with eight laps up and down the famed avenue.

Pogacar and his teammates rode together at the front of the pack as they reached the Champs-Elysees, and the Slovenia champion raised his fist in the air in celebration.

Pogacar’s gesture acted as a signal for those fighting for a prestigious stage win as the first accelerations took place. But the attackers’ efforts did not pay off and the stage ended in a mass sprint.

Cavendish, who consoled himself with the best sprinter’s green jersey, banged his handlebar in frustration after van Aert edged Jasper Philipsen to the line. Cavendish was third.

Van Aert, a 26-year-old versatile Belgian with exceptional skills on all terrains, became the first competitor since 1979 to win a sprint, a mountain stage and an individual time trial in the same edition of the Tour.

As for Pogacar, the only crack in his armor came in the Mont Ventoux stage in the second week, when he was briefly dropped by Vingegaard during the second ascent of the iconic mountain. But Pogacar showed calm and composure that day to catch his rival and remained unscathed.

Apart from that scare, Pogacar’s ride was flawless and merciless.

Following his stunning display in the first time trial, he was in a class of his own in the Alps and seized the race lead with a vintage long-distance attack in atrocious weather. He then wrapped up the demolition work in the Pyrenees with two prestigious stage wins to become only the fourth rider in Tour history to win consecutive summit finishes at cycling’s biggest race.

Even Merckx, the five-time Tour champion widely regarded as the greatest-ever winner, was impressed.

“I see in him the new ‘Cannibal,’” said Merckx, who earned that nickname for his ruthless will to win. “He can certainly win the Tour de France more than five times.”

Pogacar has won praise for his attacking mentality and his ambition to deliver in all types of races. This season, he linked up his first Tour triumph with victories at the UAE Tour, Tirenno-Adriatico and the prestigious one-day classic Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

But as always at the Tour de France when a competitor outclasses the field, Pogacar’s dominant ride also raised suspicions. He was asked this week about UAE Team Emirates general manager Mauro Gianetti’s ties with riders who received doping suspensions in the past.

Gianetti was previously the manager of Saunier Duval, the team of Riccardo Ricco, an Italian rider who tested positive for the blood-boosting drug CERA in 2008. He was also manager of the Geox-TMX outfit of Juan Jose Cobo, who was stripped of his 2011 Spanish Vuelta title for doping violations.

“I can only speak for myself,” Pogacar said. “When I met Mauro, he was really great to me, and he is a super good person. I believe what is in the past is in the past, and this new cycling is a way more beautiful sport than before.”

Pogacar has insisted that the repeated doping controls he underwent should be enough to convince doubters that he is riding clean.

“I think we have many controls to prove them wrong,” Pogacar said during the race’s first rest day.

Pogacar’s dominance was helped by the misfortunes of two of his biggest rivals, last year’s runner-up Primoz Roglic and former Tour champion Geraint Thomas, who tumbled during the crash-marred first week of racing and never recovered. More importantly, 2019 champion Egan Bernal skipped the Tour this year after his Giro victory in May. The Colombian climber is just 24, has excellent time trial abilities and should be Pogacar’s main rival in the years to come.

Meanwhile, Pogacar will fly to the Tokyo Olympics where he will be among the favorites for the gold medal in the road race.

“Anyone who can follow Tadej will be close to victory,” said van Aert.

Tour de France 2021: UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar claims second successive title in dominant fashion-Sports News , Firstpost

Firstpost 18 July, 2021 - 12:58pm

Tadej Pogacar celebrates as he crosses the finish line in the final stage of the Tour de France 2021. AP

Tadej Pogacar won a second successive Tour de France on Sunday as Wout van Aert claimed the final stage on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Pogacar stole in at the 11th hour to win the 2020 edition, but this year he stamped his authority in the first week and will pull on the yellow jersey beneath the Arc de Triomphe as the undisputed champion aged just 22.

Jumbo's Belgian rider Van Aert stormed past Briton Mark Cavendish to take the 21st stage after also winning a time-trial at Saint-Emilion and a mountain stage at Mont Ventoux.

Danish rider Jonas Vingegaard of Jumbo was a surprising second, while Ineos' Richard Carapaz was third to follow his 2019 triumph on the Giro d'Italia.

Marking the end of the old era 36-year-old Cavendish narrowly missed out on a fifth win on this edition — and a record 35th ever on the Tour de France — after squeezing onto the roster at the last minute and winning four of the six stages that ended in a mass bunch sprint.

Pogacar "rode between the raindrops" after surviving a litany of crashes as the Tour embarked from the nation's western tip at the Atlantic port of Brest.

The Slovenian then pulverised his rivals in the first time-trial as the race headed towards the Swiss and Italian border ski resorts where he also held his own.

The UAE Team Emirates leader then produced a pair of joyful mountain victories in the Pyrenees to rubber-stamp his status as the best rider on the Tour this year.

He also won the awards for best rider under-25 and the king of the mountains polka-dot jersey, a triple he also achieved on his debut last year.

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Champion-elect Pogacar leads Tour de France into Paris

Yahoo News Australia 17 July, 2021 - 01:38pm

Pogacar stole in at the 11th hour to win the 2020 Tour de France, but this year he stamped his authority in the first week and rode the 21 days of the world's greatest bike race head and shoulders above his rivals.

What would normally be just a ceremonial run into the French capital also has a sense of the end of the old era too as 36-year-old Mark Cavendish attempts to win one last time and beat the tally of 34 stage wins he shares with Eddy Merckx.

The two men will share the spotlight, with the bullish Cavendish likely to feature strongly on the eight laps of the Champs-Elysees sprint where he can clinch a spectacular fifth win on a Tour for which he was only called at the last second.

The 22-year-old Pogacar's work is done, and Merckx tipped the Slovenian to take a tilt at his "real record" of five Tour de France wins.

"He looks like the new 'Cannibal'," Merckx said Friday in reference to the Belgian legend's famous nickname.

Pogacar "rode between the raindrops" after surviving a litany of crashes as the Tour embarked from the nation's western tip at the Atlantic port of Brest.

The Slovenian then pulverised his rivals in the first time-trial as the race headed towards the Swiss and Italian border ski resorts where he also held his own.

The UAE Team Emirates leader then produced a pair of joyful mountain victories in the Pyrenees to rubber stamp his status as the best rider on the Tour this year.

He will also win the awards for best rider under-25 and the king of the mountains polka-dot jersey, a triple he also achieved on his debut last year.

The Monaco resident, who earns five million euros (5.9 million dollars) per year, said he had had fun, but was delighted to have survived a bad day Saturday in the sizzling heat of the time-trial run to Saint-Emilion.

"It was very hot and I was suffering a bit. But I'm super happy. It still was a super performance," said Pogacar.

"What a demanding three weeks it has been," he said ahead of his trip to Tokyo on Monday for the Olympic Games.

Jumbo's Jonas Vingegaard goes into the final day run in second, while Ineos' Richard Carapaz is in third.

"I'd have told anyone they were nuts," Vingegaard said when asked what he would have replied if told three weeks ago he'd be second on the Tour de France.

"Tadej was so strong in the rainy stages, he won it there in the rain," he said.

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Cycling's boy next door Pogacar spearheads new era - France 24

FRANCE 24 17 July, 2021 - 12:06pm

The fresh-faced Slovenian Tadej Pogacar was set to ride into Paris in triumph on the final stage of the Tour de France after cementing his grip on the lead in the time trial on Saturday

A second straight victory in the most prestigious stage race will stamp his status as the poster-boy for a new era in cycling.

Off the bike he is a smiling, polite and articulate 22-year-old who resembles the cartoon character Tintin, but morphs into an enthralling winning machine once in the saddle.

With three stage wins on the 2021 Tour de France, Pogacar has been fearless in the defence of his 2020 title, blowing away the old Sky-Ineos outfit that won seven titles in eight years.

It is easy to see why the UAE Team Emirates made Pogacar one of the highest paid cyclists in the world with a salary of five million euros per year putting him on a par with superstars Peter Sagan and Chris Froome.

Given the stage wins he has racked up on his three grand tours, three each on the 2019 Vuelta a Espana, and two consecutive Tours, Pogacar clearly has the will to win, the panache to launch ruthless attacks, the talent to make those attacks count, and the willpower to carry them through to fruition.

In short he has a precious racing instinct that makes him dangerous once he's in the saddle.

- Nice boy, good family -

He is one of four children from a small town 20km away from Ljubljana, his mother was a French teacher and his father an industrial designer.

The double Tour de France champion's elder brother Tilan initiated little 'Tamau' into cycling at age 9.

He started on a bike that was too big for him, developing the handling skills that keep him in the saddle where others fall.

As a boy cycling with his brother, his heroes were the Schleck brothers Andy and Frank from Luxembourg.

He cheered for Andy in the 2010 Tour de France, when the younger Schleck crossed the line second but was later declared winner when Alberto Contador was retrospectively banned.

Schleck told AFP that we would have to wait to see if a 'Pogacar Era' was unfolding.

"This year his main rivals are not around," Schleck said, mentioning last year's runner up Primoz Roglic, whose chances of another race-long battle with his fellow Slovenian were ended by a heavy fall on stage three.

Schleck also mentioned the 2019 champion Colombia's Egan Bernal, who won the 2021 Giro d'Italia and who was the spearhead of the new generation that Pogacar now leads.

There are also two 21-year-old challengers, Briton Tom Pidcock and Belgian Remco Evenepoel, on the horizon.

Pogacar himself is looking forwards to taking on this new generation citing Bernal, Evenepoel and Pidcock.

On Friday, Pogacar was given the seal of approval from the man widely considered the greatest in the sport, the now 77-year-old Eddy Merckx, known as the 'Cannibal' because of his relentless hunger.

"Yes, maybe he is the new Cannibal," Merckx said at the finish line of stage 19.

Four-time winner Froome named Pogacar as his favourite to win ahead of the race and said after his latest stage win "he isn't getting any slower is he?"

That hunger and speed seems to have no bounds as he plans to fly to Tokyo on Monday with the Olympic Games road race and the time-trial in view.

"I believe I come from a good family, and they raised me to be a nice boy," Pogacar said in Andorra last week.

"I assure you, I'm not taking short cuts in my life," he said.

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