Tadej Pogacar: I don't think I'm the best rider out there, I just try to do my best

Team UAE Emirates Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia celebrates his overall leader yellow jersey on the podium at the end of the 15th stage of the 108th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 191 km between Ceret and AndorreLaVieille on July 11 2021 Photo by Philippe LOPEZ AFP Photo by PHILIPPE LOPEZAFP via Getty Images
Tadej Pogacar (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Professional cycling, especially the Tour de France, can seem incredibly difficult, stressful and almost overpowering. Yet Tadej Pogačar makes winning the biggest races, especially the Tour de France, look so natural.

The 23-year-old Slovenian races with enthusiasm, seemingly enjoying the suffering while attacking alone in the Alps or more recently on the decisive climb of Il Lombardia. He is making history but shrugs off the weight of expectation in the same way he instinctively dispatches his rivals.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.