UAE Team Emirates
Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) turned professional in 2019 and has firmly established himself as the best all-round rider in the world. He has won the Tour de France twice and has claimed several major Classics, including the Tour of Flanders, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Il Lombardia (three times).
The Slovenian finished on the podium at his first Grand Tour during his debut season with third overall at the 2019 Vuelta a España and a year later he pulled off a major shock when he won the Tour de France at the first attempt in 2020.
Pogačar came back to successfully defend his Tour de France crown in 2021, winning a second yellow jersey in unstoppable fashion. The all-rounder also won the white and the King of the Mountains jerseys in both Tour triumphs. In 2021 Pogačar had to settle for second place overall in the Tour de France after Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo Visma) beat him into second place in Paris.
Not just a Grand Tour rider, Pogačar has excelled as an excellent week-long stage racer and one-day specialist. He won Il Lombardia in 2021, 2022 and 2023, the Tour of Flanders in 2023, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2021. Pogačar’s 2023 season revolved around the Tour de France for a fourth straight season and he started the campaign in scintillating fashion with wins in Paris-Nice and Ruta del Sol.
The Slovenian then enjoyed a stellar spring campaign that ended in disaster. Milano-Sanremo kicked things off with a fine fourth place, before third place in the E3 Saxo Classic reaffirmed his credentials in the cobbled Classics. His promise came to fruition a week later at the Tour of Flanders, where he dominated the opposition to win alone with a 17km solo effort.
Wins at Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne followed, before Pogačar crashed out of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and suffered a broken wrist, which would serve to hinder his Tour de France preparation.
Vingegaard would win his second-straight Tour de France with Pogačar taking second once again. The Slovenian would still win two stages before finishing over seven minutes down on Vingegaard in Paris.
During the last months of the 2023 season Pogačar finished third in the men's road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Glasgow, before taking his third straight title in Il Lombardia.
In 2024 Pogačar is set to race both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France before turning his attention to the Olympic Games in Paris.
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