|Full name||Tadej Pogačar|
|Born||21 September 1998|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9+1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||66 kg (146 lb; 10 st 6 lb)|
|Current team||UAE Team Emirates|
|2019–||UAE Team Emirates|
| Grand Tours |
Tadej Pogačar (Slovene pronunciation: [taˈdɛ́ːj pɔˈɡáːtʃaɾ] ( listen ); born 21 September 1998) is a Slovenian cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam UAE Team Emirates. He became the youngest cyclist to win a UCI World Tour race when he won the 2019 Tour of California at age 20. In his debut Grand Tour, Pogačar won three stages of the 2019 Vuelta a España en route to a third place finish. In both his 2020 Tour de France debut and the following year he won three stages and the race overall, as well as the mountains and young rider classifications, becoming the only rider to win these three classifications simultaneously. He is the first Slovenian winner, and, at the age of 21, was the second-youngest winner after Henri Cornet, who won in 1904.
He reached the top of the men's UCI World Ranking for road racing in October 2020, holding the position for two weeks, and again in July 2021.
Pogačar followed his older brother Tilen in joining the Rog Ljubljana club at the age of nine.In 2011 he came to the attention of Road World Championship medallist Andrej Hauptman, who is as of 2021 his coach and head coach and selector for the Slovenian national cycling team. Hauptman watched Pogačar 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. Hauptman subsequently managed Pogačar as an under-23 rider with the Rog–Ljubljana team, before joining UAE Team Emirates as a directeur sportif in May 2019, after Pogačar joined the team.
Pogačar joined UAE Team Emirates from the 2019 season, a deal that was made ahead of the 2018 Tour de l'Avenir, which he won. He made his debut for the team at the 2019 Tour Down Under, where he finished 13th overall. He went on to win the Volta ao Algarve and placed sixth at the Tour of the Basque Country. 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 secure the final podium position before the last stage in Madrid.In May 2019, he won the Tour of California, becoming the youngest rider to win a UCI WorldTour stage race. He won two stages in the second week of the 2019 Vuelta a España and was in third place overall position going into the third week. He took a third stage win in a
Prior to the interruption to the sport caused by the Covid-19 pandemic Pogacar won the 2020 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and was second to Adam Yates in the curtailed UAE Tour. When the season resumed he took fourth in the Critérium du Dauphiné and won his national time trial championship.
In the 2020 Tour de France, he initially expressed his support for teammate Fabio Aru,He quickly demonstrated that he was in better form than his teammate, coming second on stage four and losing time to the leaders only in stage seven, which was affected by crosswinds, before Aru withdrew on stage nine. Pogacar won that stage to Laruns by outsprinting 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, a mountain stage to the Col du Grand Colombier. Pogačar was then in second place overall, within a minute of Roglič. On the penultimate stage of the Tour, a 36-kilometer time trial finishing at La Planche des Belles Filles, he won his third stage of the Tour and took the lead in the general classification from Roglič by 59 seconds going into the final stage in Paris.
In addition to thus winning the Tour, he also won the young rider classification with a nearly six-minute advantage on the closest rider, Enric Mas, and he took a decisive lead in the mountains classification.The previous rider to win three jerseys was Eddy Merckx in 1972. He became the twelfth rider to win the Tour de France on their first attempt, and the first since 1983.
He started the 2021 season by winning the UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico, Liège-Bastogne-Liège – his first win in a monument– and the Tour of Slovenia.
He began the 2021 Tour de France as one of the pre-race favorites along with Primož Roglič, Geraint Thomas and Richard Carapaz. On stage one he finished with the group of favorites eight seconds behind stage winner Julian Alaphilippe and took the lead in the white jersey classification. Pogačar won the fifth stage, the race's first time trial, finishing 18 seconds ahead of Stefan Küng and taking significant time out of his GC rivals.On stage eight he launched an attack, from more than six minutes behind the breakaway, taking over the yellow jersey with a lead of over four and a half minutes on those considered to be contenders for the overall victory. Pogačar extended his GC lead on the ninth stage to Tignes, responding to an attack by Carapaz on the final climb 4 km from the finish and dropping his rivals in the main group, emerging with an overall lead of over two minutes over second placed Ben O'Connor, who had moved up the order after winning the stage from the breakaway. Pogačar extended his GC lead on the ninth stage to Tignes, responding to an attack by Carapaz on the final climb 4 km from the finish and dropping his rivals in the main group, emerging with an overall lead of over two minutes over second placed Ben O'Connor, who had moved up the order after winning the stage from the breakaway.
Following stage eleven, which included a double ascent of Mont Ventoux, the closest rivals to Pogačar included Rigoberto Uran, Jonas Vingegaard and Carapaz, but all them remained more than five minutes behind. Pogacar had temporarily lost some time to Vingegaard on the final ascent of Ventoux before catching him on the descent to the finish alongside Carapaz and Uran.Pogačar extended his lead further with wins on stages 17 (to the Col de Portet) and 18 (in Luz Ardiden), by which point he had a lead of 5'45" over Vingegaard and an unassailable lead in the polka dot jersey classification. On the penultimate 20th stage, a time trial between Libourne and Saint-Émilion, Pogačar conceded half a minute to Vingegaard but retained a lead of over five minutes going into the final Champs-Élysées stage.
Pogačar's win made him the youngest cyclist to win consecutive Tours. This was also the second year in a row that he won three distinctive jerseys. At the finish of the race, Eddy Merckx said that he regarded the Slovenian as "the new Cannibal", in reference to his own nickname, also suggesting that "if nothing happens to him, he can certainly win the Tour de France more than five times".
Pogačar won the bronze medal in the Men's road race at the Olympic Games.
Tadej was born and grew up in Komenda, 20 km north of the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. His mother Marjeta is a teacher of French and his father Mirko formerly worked in management at a chair factory before joining Tadej's former team Ljubljana Gusto Santic as part of their management team in 2021. Tadej is the third of four siblings.
Pogačar lives in Monaco with his girlfriend, fellow Slovenian professional cyclist Urška Žigart.His role model is Alberto Contador. He was also an admirer of Fränk and Andy Schleck when growing up.
Pogačar speaks fluent Slovenian, English, and Italian.
|Grand Tour general classification results|
|Tour de France||—||1||1|
|Vuelta a España||3||—|
|Major stage race general classification results|
|Volta a Catalunya||—||NH||—|
|Tour of the Basque Country||6||3|
|Tour de Romandie||—||—|
|Critérium du Dauphiné||—||4||—|
|Tour de Suisse||—||NH||—|
|Tour of Flanders||—||—||—|
|Giro di Lombardia||—||—|
|Amstel Gold Race||DNF||NH||—|
|La Flèche Wallonne||53||9||—|
|Clásica de San Sebastián||DNF||NH|
|Olympic Games||Road race||Not held||3|
|World Championships||Road race||—||—||18||33|
|National Championships||Road race||—||6||7||2||5|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
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