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Tadej Pogacar, a ‘boy’ on Olympus

07/19/2021 at 7:54 PM CEST

X. Serrano

In the world of the bicycle, we do not talk about anything else. At only 22 years old, Tadej Pogacar just won the Tour for the second year in a row. If on the first occasion he surprised locals and strangers with a victory in the last breath, in the final time trial of La Planche des Belles Filles to the condemnation of his compatriot Primoz Roglic, this edition has been its consecration. 13 days of yellow and the biggest difference over the second classified since 2014, 5’20 ”.

The ‘Grande Boucle’ was seen for sentence in the first Alps. An absolute and incontestable domain confirmed by its collection of jerseys. Well, like the previous year, in addition to yellow, he was crowned on the Champs Elysees in white as the best under 25 years old and with red polka dots as dominator of the mountain. In the same way he repeated with three stage victories: two in the mountains and one time trial.

Although the Slovenian rejects the comparisons, “each rider is unique & rdquor; he replied this Sunday in Paris, many point to him as the heir of a legend such as Eddy merckx. One of the four five-time Tour champions, nicknamed ‘El Canibal’ for wanting to devour his rivals in all races. “I see in him the new Cannibal & rdquor ;, blessed himself Merckx.

The voracity of Pogacar it is indisputable. He has played three major rounds and has finished on the podium in all of them, with two victories in Paris and third place in the 2019 Vuelta. But there is still more. The triumph in the Tour crowned a season in which he has not come down from the podium in any of the races in which he has competed: he won in Emirates and the Tirreno-Adriatico, was third in the Tour of the Basque Country and one of monuments, Liege-Bastona-Liège, before winning the Tour of Slovenia.

Successes of unprecedented precocity. At 22 years old, Pogacar is the youngest two-time champion in the history of the gala round. Jacques anquetil He was 23 when he won his first Tour, Merckx 24, the same as Bernard Hinault, while Miguel Indurain I was already 27.

But the champion is not resting on his laurels. Behind the Tour the Olympics arrive immediately, where Pogacar part as a favorite. And later the Return, where its presence seems complicated. However, if their presence is confirmed along with Bernal, Roglic or Carapaz would give the Spanish round the best poster in recent years. And to the Slovenian, the biggest stage to consolidate its primacy.

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