Tadej Pogačar reveals that he overcame COVID-19 in the lead-up to the Tour de France

Tour de France: Tadej Pogacar heads out for a route reconnaissance
Tour de France: Tadej Pogacar heads out for a route reconnaissance (Image credit: Getty Images)

Tadej Pogačar is coming into the Tour de France off the back of a recent bout of COVID-19, the Slovenian revealed at a pre-race press conference in Florence on Thursday.

Pogačar hasn't raced since winning the Giro d'Italia at the end of May, while his fellow Tour de France contenders – Jonas Vingegaard, Remco Evenepoel, and Primož Roglič – have all had to battle back from a mass crash suffered at April's Itzulia Basque Country.

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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, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, and Demi Vollering.


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 the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.


Season highlights from 2024 include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.