Defending Tour de France champion and runaway leader Tadej Pogacar will ride into Paris later Sunday, where he will, barring a disaster, pull on the overall leader’sbeneath the Arc de Triomphe as the sun sets on a dominant win.
Pogacar stole in at the 11th hour to win the 2020 Tour de France, but thisand rode the 21 days of the world’s most incredible bike race head and shoulders above his rivals.
What would typically be just a ceremonial run into the French capital also has a sense of the end of the old era as 36-year-oldattempts 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 spectacularon 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. “He looks like the new ‘Cannibal’,” Merckx said Friday about the Belgian legend’s famous nickname.
Pogacar “rode between the raindrops” after surviving a litany ofembarked from the nation’s western tip at the Atlantic port of Brest. The Slovenian then pulverized his rivals in the first trial as the race 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. 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 . – Vintage ride –
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 aSaturday in the sizzling heat of the time-trial run Saint-Emilion. “It was boiling, 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 toGames. Jumbo’s Jonas Vingegaard goes into the final run in second, while Ineos’ Richard Carapaz is third. “I’d have told anyone they were nuts,” Vingegaard said when asked what he would have replied if told three on the Tour de France. “ , he won it there in the rain,” he said.