Today you can wear something yellow in honour of the top cyclists who finished the three-week cycling race in France yesterday!
A 22-year-old cyclist from Klanac near Komenda, Tadej Pogačar, became the winner of the Tour de France.
Last year he defeated Primož Roglič in the final chronometer; this year he was the leading cyclist for several stages.
He wore the leader’s shirt after the 8th stage and kept it until the parade of champions in Paris.
Others gritted their teeth, but he overcame the most difficult slopes with a smile. At least it seemed so. In fact, he suffered greatly.
Two consecutive victories in the Pyrenees brought him, in addition to the yellow one, the polka dot shirt of the best mountaineer, which he already had on last year’s Tour. He also wore the white shirt of the best young cyclist again.
Tadej cycled around 3,400 kilometers with other cyclists in three weeks.
Out of 21 stages, five were won by Slovenians! Tadej won the chronometer and twice in a row in the Pyrenees. Matej Mohorič also achieved two victories. At the end of the first week, he won the most demanding and also the longest stage, 249.1 kilometres long.
On the Tour this year, we also cheered for Primož Roglič and Luka Mezgec.
All four represent Slovenia, but compete in different teams. Tadej competes for UAU Team Emirates, Matej for Bahrain Victorious, Luka for BikeExchange and Primož for Jumbo-Visma.
Due to the falls, Primož finished the competition soon after the start of the Tour. His injuries were so severe that he could not continue.
»It’s time to say goodbye and focus on new goals,« Roglič agreed. He is already thinking about the Olympics, which are starting very soon.
Points to Consider
- Which shirt would you like to wear most?
- Why is cycling a team sport and not individual one?
- When do Olympics start?
The original version of this article was published on July 19th.
English translation courtesy of JL Flanner, Total Slovenia News, an English language website with news from and about Slovenia.