Pogacar, an unprecedented raid since Eddy Merckx

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Pogacar, an unprecedented raid since Eddy Merckx




Yellow jersey, polka dot jersey, white jersey: Pogacar, an unprecedented raid since Eddy Merckx


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Yellow jersey, polka dot jersey, white jersey: Pogacar, an unprecedented raid since Eddy Merckx


Yellow jersey, polka dot jersey, white jersey: Tadej Pogacar raided the 2020 Tour de France, finishing first in three classifications. Only the green jersey of the points classification, won by Sam Bennett, will have escaped him. By winning three rankings, Pogacar equals a performance only achieved by Eddy Merckx. It also becomes the second youngest winner in the history of the Grande Boucle.

In 1969, for his first Tour victory, Merckx had quite simply won everything: the overall, the points and best climber rankings as well as that of the combined, which existed between 1968 and 1989.

In 1970, Merckx had also won the general, the mountain classification and the combined. The next two years the ‘Cannibal’ won the overall, points and combined.


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The general-best youngster double was achieved five times before Pogacar, by Laurent Fignon (1983), Jan Ullrich (1997), Alberto Contador (2007), Andy Schleck (2010) and Egan Bernal last year.

Pogacar will celebrate its 22nd birthday on Monday. He thus overtakes Egan Bernal (22 years and 196 days) and the Luxembourger François Faber, the winner of 1909, who preceded Bernal by only nine days, to become the second youngest winner of the Tour de France. Only one man was earlier than the Slovenian: the Frenchman Henri Cornet, who had not even reached his 20s at the end of the 1904 Tour, the second in the chronology of the event. But Cornet had taken 5th place in the race on the field before the first four were downgraded several months later due to numerous incidents.

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