Pogacar: Vingegaard gives me motivation to be better

Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates white best young jersey prior to the 109th Tour de France 2022 Stage 19
Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates in white best young jersey prior to Stage 19 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Having soared to a last-minute victory in 2020 and dominated the race last year, few had rated Tadej Pogačar as anything other than the absolute top favourite for this year's Tour de France.

The Col du Granon, Jumbo-Visma and Jonas Vingegaard happened, though, consigning the 23-year-old to what before the Tour had been scarcely thinkable – a distant second place as the race heads to Paris on Sunday.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

 

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.

 

As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix