No worries for the 21-year-old Slovenian during the 21st and final stage of the Tour de France, which consecrated him. In the sprint, on the Champs-Elysées, the green jersey dominated.
It’s official, Tadej Pogacar became on Sunday the youngest winner of the Grande Boucle since 1904. The one who will celebrate his 22 years on Monday was able to climb on the first step of the podium and finally, no doubt, to realize a little the scope of the feat he had achieved the day before during the madness time trial on the Planches-des-Belles-Filles.
Pogacar had no problems during a last route towards the capital and on the Champs-Elysées which, it is customary, does not allow the riders in the general classification to tackle each other. The Slovenian even had the front of the peloton for a long time just for him, just to smile at photographers, in order to immortalize this moment in the history of cycling.
Three distinctive jerseys
Usually, the four distinctive jerseys are at the front line of the pack after the start, but as the UAE rider Team Emirates has won the yellow jersey, the polka dot jersey and the white jersey… And to say that if the way to count the points for the green jersey were similar as on the other Grand Tours, he would certainly also have won the green jersey for best “sprinter”!
After the photos and the well-deserved glass of champagne, The best sprinters in the world were able to explain themselves on the self-proclaimed most beautiful avenue in the world. They doubted for a moment they could do it, when a four-man breakaway held their own for a long time. Finally, things returned “to order” four kilometers from the finish and the last solo winner remains Alexandre Vinoukourov, in 2005.
Bennett au sprint
The unofficial “sprinters’ world championship” crowned the Irishman Sam Bennett, who did much better than confirm the winning of his green jersey at the end of this 107th edition. The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider won the second stage of his career on the event, after that of the 10th day of racing on the Ile de Ré. He beat world champion Mads Pedersen and his main competitor for his green tunic Peter Sagan.
Besides Pogacar, the big winner of this Tour de France is, it must be admitted, the Tour de France itself. The organizers succeeded in inventing a “race bubble” which worked perfectly, since no team was eliminated – a team risked exclusion if two cases of coronavirus had occurred within the same team, coaching included – and that no rider was touched.
Place now at the World Cup, next week in Italy, then in particular at the Giro and the Vuelta, which will overlap at the end of October. All in addition to the Classics.