Indurain says Pogacar’s second Tour victory 'makes him the reference point'

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) switched between disc and rim brakes in 2021
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Five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain has said that Tadej Pogačar’s second victory in cycling’s top race makes the Slovenian the man to beat in the years to come in July.

Until this summer, Indurain was the only rider in over three decades to have won both his first and second Tours in successive years, a feat now also achieved by Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) in 2020 and 2021. Since Indurain's last victory in 1995, Alberto Contador, Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation) and Pogačar are the only riders since to have won the Tour twice.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.