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Tadej Pogačar

Tadej Pogačar
Tadej Pogačar in 2019.jpg
Personal information
Full nameTadej Pogačar
NicknamePogi
Born (1998-09-21) 21 September 1998 (age 22)
Komenda, Slovenia
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)[1]
Weight66 kg (146 lb; 10 st 6 lb)[1]
Team information
Current teamUAE Team Emirates
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional teams
2017–2018Rog–Ljubljana
2019–UAE Team Emirates[2][3]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
General classification (2020)
Mountains classification (2020)
Young rider classification (2020)
3 individual stages (2020)
Vuelta a España
Young rider classification (2019)
3 individual stages (2019)

Stage races

Tirreno–Adriatico (2021)
Tour of California (2019)
UAE Tour (2021)
Volta ao Algarve (2019)
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (2020)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2019, 2020)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (2021)

Tadej Pogačar (Slovene pronunciation: [tadɛj pogatʃar] (About this soundlisten);[4] born 21 September 1998) is a Slovenian cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam UAE Team Emirates.[5] He became the youngest cyclist to win a UCI World Tour race when he won the 2019 Tour of California at age 20.[6] In his debut Grand Tour, Pogačar won three stages of the 2019 Vuelta a España en route to a third place finish.[7][8] In his Tour de France debut he won three stages and won the race overall.

In the 2020 Tour de France he secured the general classification, young rider, and mountains classifications, becoming the only rider to win these three classifications simultaneously.[9][10] The victory came as a result of a historic performance in the penultimate individual time trial in which he became the first rider since Eddy Merckx in 1972 to win three distinctive jerseys. He is the first Slovenian winner, and at the age of 21, he became the second youngest winner after Henri Cornet, who won in 1904.[11][12]

He is currently in second place in the UCI World Ranking, behind his compatriot, Primož Roglič.

Career

Early career

Pogačar is coached by Road World Championship medallist Andrej Hauptman, who is also head coach and head of selectors for the Slovenian national cycling team. Hauptman first saw Pogačar race in 2011 when he saw the latter pursuing a group of much older teenagers from 100 metres behind. Thinking that Pogačar was struggling to keep up with the older riders, he told the race organisers that they should provide some assistance to Pogačar: the organisers explained that the younger rider was in fact about to lap the group he was chasing.[13][14]

UAE Team Emirates (2019–)

2019

He has a contract with UAE Team Emirates until the end of 2023 season. In May 2019, he won the Tour of California, becoming the youngest rider to win a UCI WorldTour stage race.[13] In August 2019, he was put on the startlist for the 2019 Vuelta a España.[15] He won two stages in the 2nd week of the Vuelta and was in a high overall position going into the 3rd week. However, in the final week Nairo Quintana and Miguel Ángel López rode well and in the process jumped him in the standings, knocking him off the podium. Then he took his 3rd stage win in a 40-kilometre (25-mile) solo breakaway on the penultimate stage and gained enough time over his opponents to take over the Young Rider Jersey and climb back into the final podium position before the last stage in Madrid.[16]

2020

Before entering the 2020 Tour de France, he announced that he would go into the race with the same mindset he had going into the 2019 Vuelta. He initially expressed his support for teammate Fabio Aru, stating that, "If Aru feels really good we'll go for the yellow jersey and I'll support him 100%."[17] However, Aru ran into trouble early in the Tour and was dropped by the GC contenders on the early mountain stages; the Italian eventually abandoned the race on stage 9. Pogačar quickly took the role as team leader upon himself. Pogačar managed to get through the first week of the Tour without being involved in any crashes, although he did lose 1:21 to the leaders on stage 7, as he was dropped in the crosswinds.

In 2020, Pogačar won the Slovenian National Time Trial Championships for the second year in succession.
2020 TdF, stage 21.

In the second week of the Tour, he won stage 9 to Laruns by out sprinting rivals Primož Roglič and Egan Bernal, as well as Marc Hirschi, who had been on an 80 kilometer solo breakaway. In the third week, he won stage 15, another mountain stage, this one finishing at the summit of the Col du Grand Colombier. At this point, Pogačar found himself in 2nd place overall, within a minute of his countryman Primož Roglič, who was in the lead at that point. On the penultimate stage of the Tour, which was a 36-kilometer time trial featuring La Planche des Belles Filles, he captured his third stage of the Tour in a historic individual performance. He finished ahead of Tom Dumoulin and Richie Porte by 1'21" and, more importantly, he defeated his countryman Roglič by 1'56", taking over the lead of the general classification with an advantage of 59 seconds going into the final stage to Paris.[18]

In addition to putting himself in position to win the Tour, he also solidified his grip on the young rider classification with a nearly six-minute advantage on the next closest rider, Enric Mas. By achieving the fastest time up the climb of La Planche des Belles Filles, Pogačar also took the lead in the mountains classification.[19] The last rider to win three jerseys was Eddy Merckx in 1972, and the last rider to exceed this was Merckx in the 1969 Tour de France. He is one of 7 men to win the Tour de France on their first attempt, the previous being Laurent Fignon in 1983.[20]

Personal life

Pogačar lives in Monaco with his girlfriend, fellow Slovenian professional cyclist Urška Žigart.[21] His role model is Alberto Contador.[22]

Major results

2016
1st MaillotEslovenia.PNG Time trial, National Junior Road Championships
1st Jersey green.svg Overall Giro della Lunigiana
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3
1st Stage 2b Course de la Paix Juniors
3rd Bronze medal europe.svg Road race, UEC European Junior Road Championships
2017
2nd Raiffeisen Grand Prix
3rd Time trial, National Under-23 Road Championships
3rd Overall Tour de Hongrie
4th Overall Istrian Spring Trophy
5th Overall Tour of Slovenia
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
5th Overall Carpathian Couriers Race
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
7th Piccolo Giro di Lombardia
8th GP Laguna
9th GP Capodarco
9th Croatia–Slovenia
10th Giro del Belvedere
2018
1st MaillotEslovenia.PNG National CX Championships
National Under-23 Road Championships
1st MaillotEslovenia.PNG Road race
1st MaillotEslovenia.PNG Time trial
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de l'Avenir
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Grand Prix Priessnitz spa
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 3
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Giro del Friuli-Venezia Giulia
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Trofeo Gianfranco Bianchin
2nd Gran Premio Palio del Recioto
3rd Overall Istrian Spring Trophy
4th Overall Tour of Slovenia
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
4th Poreč Trophy
4th Raiffeisen Grand Prix
5th GP Laguna
7th Road race, UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
8th Giro del Belvedere
2019
1st MaillotEslovenia.PNG Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of California
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 6
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 2
3rd Overall Vuelta a España
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stages 9, 13 & 20
4th Overall Tour of Slovenia
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
6th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Jersey cyan.svg Young rider classification
6th GP Miguel Induráin
7th Gran Premio di Lugano
2020
National Road Championships
1st MaillotEslovenia.PNG Time trial
2nd Road race
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de France
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stages 9, 15 & 20 (ITT)
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stages 2 & 4
2nd Overall UAE Tour
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 5
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
4th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
9th La Flèche Wallonne
2021
1st MaillotAzul.PNG Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Jersey green.svg Mountains classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 4
1st Jersey red.svg Overall UAE Tour
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 3
1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Stage 2 Tour of Slovenia
3rd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 3
7th Strade Bianche

General classification results timeline

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2019 2020 2021
Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de France 1
Jersey red.svg Vuelta a España 3
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2019 2020 2021
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico 1
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya NH
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country 6 3
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné 4
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse NH

Classics results timeline

Monument 2019 2020 2021
Milan–San Remo 12
Tour of Flanders
Paris–Roubaix NH
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 18 3 1
Giro di Lombardia
Classic 2019 2020 2021
Strade Bianche 30 13 7
Amstel Gold Race DNF NH
La Flèche Wallonne 53 9
Clásica de San Sebastián DNF NH

Major championships results timeline

Event 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
World Championships Road race 18 33
Time trial
MaillotEslovenia.PNG National Championships Road race 6 7 2
Time trial 5 2 1 1
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
NH Not Held

References

  1. ^ a b "Tadej Pogačar – UAE team Emirates". Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  2. ^ "UAE Team Emirates". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Archived from the original on 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  3. ^ "UAE Team Emirates complete 2020 roster with re-signing of former world champion Rui Costa". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 8 October 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  4. ^ Race day with Tadej Pogačar on YouTube
  5. ^ "UAE Team Emirates". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 2 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  6. ^ Marshall-Bell, Chris (18 May 2019). "Record-breaker Tadej Pogačar wins Tour of California after Cees Bol takes stage seven". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  7. ^ "La Vuelta a Espana 2019 – Wonderkid Tadej Pogacar storms to third stage win of La Vuelta". Eurosport. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Stage 9 to Pogacar, lead to Roglic: Slovenia takes it all – Tour de France 2020". www.letour.fr. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  9. ^ Leicester, John (20 September 2020). "Vive Le Tour! With Young Winner, Thrilling Race Defies Virus". NBC Boston. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  10. ^ Sport1.de. "Tour de France: Tadej Pogacar zu gut, um sauber zu sein?". Sport1.de (in German). Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Tour de France trivia: Who the heck is Tadej Pogačar?". VeloNews.com. 21 September 2020. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Pogačar joins elite company of first-time Tour de France winners". VeloNews.com. 20 September 2020. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  13. ^ a b Fotheringham, William (20 September 2020). "Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar an odd couple leading Slovenia's charge to glory". theguardian.com. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Inside Slovenia's Astonishing Rise to the Very Top of Cycling". Rouleur. 2 September 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  15. ^ "2019: 74th La Vuelta ciclista a España". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Vuelta a España stage 20: Tadej Pogačar takes third stage win of the race with 40km solo move". 14 September 2019.
  17. ^ Fletcher, Patrick (17 December 2019). "Pogacar to make Tour de France debut in 2020". Cyclingnews.com.
  18. ^ "Tour de France 2020 Decisive Time Trial". The Guardian. 19 September 2020.
  19. ^ "Tadej Pogacar seals Tour de France triumph as Bennett wins final stage". Guardian. 20 September 2020. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  20. ^ "Pogačar joins elite company of first-time Tour de France winners and is the second youngest rider ever to win the tour as well as following in Eddy's footsteps by taking 3 jerseys!". VeloNews.com. 20 September 2020. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  21. ^ Vanbuggenhout, Kevin (29 June 2020), "GELUK IN DE KOERS EN DE LIEFDE VOOR POGACAR ÉN VRIENDIN: SAMEN KAMPIOEN", wielerkrant.be
  22. ^ Kayser, Sebastian (2020). Wunderkind oder Wundermittel?. Bild - Newspaper - Publication date 09/22/2020. p. 11.

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