Pogacar Poised To Win Tour De France After Shock Turnaround
Muhammad Rameez 1 month ago Sat 19th September 2020 | 11:04 PM
Tadej Pogacar all but clinched the Tour de France on Saturday after his Slovenian compatriot Primoz Roglic let a 57 seconds lead slip in a tricky individual time-trial, the last day of real racing
Ronchamp, France, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Sep, 2020 ) :Tadej Pogacar all but clinched the Tour de France on Saturday after his Slovenian compatriot Primoz Roglic let a 57 seconds lead slip in a tricky individual time-trial, the last day of real racing.
"My dream was just to take part," said Pogacar on his first Tour de France.
"I could hear nothing on the final climb and I went for it with everything," he said.
Often unlucky Australia's Richie Porte climbed to third overall here to make the Tour de France podium for the first time, while Spain's Mikel Landa and Enric Mas rounded out the top five with strong finishes too.
Here in the time-trial Pogacar pulverised the field with his stage-winning performance, and his team hugged and kissed him as they realised the 20202 Tour was theirs.
- Roglic Meltdown - Roglic had led the Tour since stage nine and his dramatic meltdown on the final climb means even as loser he remains the big story.
The 30-year-old Roglic only decided to change bikes once he began to crumble fast, but it became painfully clear he was in for a horrible finale.
Dressed in yellow for the first time after covering the 36km in 55mins 55sec Pogacar said he could hardly think let alone answer questions.
The defeat comes as a bombshell for the Dutch Jumbo team, but the rookie's performance will go down as one of the all-time-great turnarounds.
All the more so as Roglic has previously produced outstanding time-trial performances at the 2019 Giro d'Italia through the Tuscany vineyards and later that year on his way to Vuelta a Espana victory on the stage 10 time-trial at Pau.