Tadej Pogacar cheers for the first time in Tour of Slovenia and tops GC
Jun 11 2021 12:40 am CET

Tadej Pogacar cheers for the first time in Tour of Slovenia and tops GC
Tadej Pogacar cheers for the first time in Tour of Slovenia and tops GC
Photo of Tadej Pogacar (c)UAE Team Emirates/Fizza

UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar has taken the win of the second stage of the Tour of Slovenia, which also let him climb to the top of the General Classification.

By: Maritza Cárdenas

Despite him topping the Youth Classification in the last three editions of the race, this is the first time that the winner of the 2020 Tour de France wins a stage in the race of his home country. The second stage of the competition was 147 kilometres long and took the riders between Zalec and Celje and featured a route with two climbs of the second category and a mountain finish.

The escape of the day was reeled back in during the second climb of the day, and Pogacar made his already signature move, attacking close to the summit. Nobody was able to hold the wheel of the Slovenian and from then on he rode alone until the end.

The young talent crossed the finish line on his own and one minute and 22 seconds ahead his fellow countryman Matej Mohoric, who climbed to the second position of the General Classification. The winner of the 2019 edition of the race -which was the last before the current one, as it was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic- Diego Ulissi arrived to the finish in the third position.

"I am very happy," said Pogacar. "This is my first victory in the Tour of Slovenia and to win in front of the home crowd in a classic stage like this is beautiful. The team did a fantastic job.

"[Matteo] Trentin pushed all day, [Rui] Oliveira took me to the foot of the final climb and the other guys helped me as best as possible until the end. I am proud of all the guys and we aim to do well in the next stages as well."

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