Tadej Pogacar: The Tour de France time trial turned everything in my life upside down

Tour de France 2020 - 107th Edition - 20th stage Lure - La Planche des Belles Filles 36.2 km - 19/09/2020 - Tadej Pogacar (SLO - UAE - Team Emirates) - photo Kei Tsujii//BettiniPhoto©2020
Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) during the stage 20 time trial at the Tour de France (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Tadej Pogačar awoke in Paris on Monday as the 2020 Tour de France winner and also celebrated his 22nd birthday with his girlfriend and parents after a night of celebration with his UAE Team Emirates team at a small Parisen pizza restaurant. In just 48 hours Pogačar’s life has changed dramatically. 

He had pulled off one of the biggest surprises in the history of the Tour de France, beating fellow Slovenian Primož Roglič after the Jumbo-Visma team dominated the race and thought they had victory assured. It was an incredible end to a race that many thought would never even reach Paris.     
French sports newspaper L’Equipe describe Pogačar as ‘Jeune et Insouciant’  - Young and Carefree, in its opening headline of its Tour de France coverage, referencing the title of a biography of Laurent Fignon, who won was the last rider to win his debut Tour in 1983 when he was just 22.

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.