Tour de France champion Pogacar kicks COVID-19, aims to defend UAE Tour title

Slovenias Tadej Pogacar poses for a picture with the trophy on the eve of the UAE cycling tour on February 19 2022 at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi The twotime Tour de France champion is in upbeat mood ahead of cyclings first big race of the season which for his UAE Emirates Team is a home race the UAE Tour Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE AFP Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACEAFP via Getty Images
Defending champion Tadej Pogacar poses with the UAE Tour trophy ahead of the 2022 race (Image credit: Guiseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images)

Sunday sees two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar kicking off his 2022 campaign at his team's home race at the UAE Tour, the seven-day WorldTour opener which he won last year having finished runner-up at the abridged 2020 edition.

The Slovenian, starting the year as the premier stage racer in the peloton having won the past two Tours and six other stage races in the past three seasons, will be hoping to begin the year with another one to add to his collection, especially with a full-strength UAE Team Emirates squad behind him.

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