Tadej Pogacar, the owner of the Tour de France
Tadej Pogacar started the last stage knowing that he would be the winner of the Tour de France.
The Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates), 22, opened a golden page in the history of the Tour de France by winning the second consecutive title in Paris, an achievement that at his age was not able to achieve legends such as Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault.
Pogacar entered the finish line of the Champs Elysees as the winner of the 108th edition of the Tour, after a stage of tribute to the champion that was held on a festive basis between Chatou and the French capital, with a route of 108.4 km, in which Belgian champion Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma) signed a hat-trick and the second consecutive victory, preventing Cavendish from breaking Eddy Merckx’s stage record.
In a rowdy sprint, Van Aert surprised Cavendish, who was third, getting blood in his eye as he could not taste victory 35. He was tied at 34 with Merckx, but with the consolation of achieving the green mesh on points again, 10 years later.
Pogacar, for now, did not weigh the gold mesh. He won the two mountain stages in the Pyrenees with the garment and character of the leader. Neither could Merckx and Hinault achieve such a thing.
The Slovenian celebrated the title, flanked by the Danish Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo Visma) and the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz (Ineos).
Cavendish (Deceuninck) took the podium with the green mesh of the points classification, while Pogacar also obtained the white of the Youth classification, and the red points of the Mountain, closing dream participation.
By teams, the first prize went to the Bahrain Victorious of Pello Bilbao.
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