Slovenian rider Tadej Pogačar won the 101st edition of the Tour de France after breaking away from a group of riders that were threatening his yellow jersey in the final kilometers. Pogačar had previously gained time on the peloton when he broke clear on Stage 14, but a technical glitch forcing him to change bikes cost him precious minutes and ultimately led to him losing out overall while stage winner Max van Liewen from the Netherlands took over the race lead.
According to French daily sports newspaper L’Équipe, when a group of 5 riders threatened to overhaul Pogačar early on Stage 20, he launched an attack and was able to get away from the group, eventually finishing more than 4 minutes ahead of them in 1st place at Magny-Cours. Pogačar’s win is the first time that a rider from Slovenia has won one of cycling’s three Grand Tours.
Sources within the Peloton report that Pogačar will turn professional with French team AG2R La Mondiale in 2022 after ending his career as a student with a degree in economics from the University of Ljubljana.