Tadej Pogacar ready to defend his territory at UAE Tour

Tadej Pogacar made the front echelon on stage 1 of the UAE Tour
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Tadej Pogacar leads the UAE Tour even before tackling the gruelling climb of Jebel Hafeet after he finished fourth in the pan flat individual time trial on stage 2. The UAE Team Emirates rider is now an iconic sportsman in the country since his portrait was displayed on Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, to celebrate his Tour de France victory last year. The Slovenian now rides with the mentality of defending his territory.

"I'm pretty familiar with this country," said Pogacar who even experienced the self-isolation of his team in Abu Dhabi following the first positive cases for COVID-19 in the world of cycling one year ago. "I always get a warm welcome in the UAE. It's so nice to come back here. Every time I feel more comfortable. For sure I will come back a lot of times."

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