Pogačar lays foundations for Tour de France debut in Valencia

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2020 - 71st Edition - 2nd stage Torrent - Cullera 181 km - 06/02/2020 - Tadej Pogacar (SLO - UAE - Team Emirates) - Alejandro Valverde (ESP - Movistar Team) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2020
Pogačar powers to victory at Cullera (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

This time last year when Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) blasted away to victory in the Volta ao Algarve's first summit finish at Foia, he was a little-known first-year pro, startling the established hierarchy with his powerful climbing style.

Fast forward 12 months and given Pogačar has now taken not only the Volta ao Algarve but followed that up with the Tour of California, as well as his first Grand Tour podium finish and three stage wins at the Vuelta a España. The young Slovenian is hardly an unknown force in the sport any longer – and unable, therefore, to surprise the top favourites like he perhaps did a year ago in Portugal.

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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.