After the final stage on the Champs-Élysées, Tadej Pogacar can call himself the final winner of the Tour de France.

An overview of five defining moments on the way to the historic overall victory of the only 21-year-old Slovenian.

1. Second place behind Roglic in fourth stage

After Pogacar had shown himself to be sharp at the start of the Tour in Nice by being in the front group despite crashes, the talented Slovenian really shows himself from the front in the fourth stage to Orcières-Merlette.

In the second mountain stage, with an uphill finish for the first time, Pogacar only has to tolerate fellow countryman Primoz Roglic from Jumbo-Visma.

The UAE Team Emirates rider takes some bonus seconds and shows that he must be seriously taken into account.

2. Direct response to loss of time in fan travel

The ambitions of the young Pogacar take a hit in stage seven: he ends up in the wrong fan, falls behind and loses 1 minute and 21 seconds to Roglic.

The yellow jersey seems like a utopia, but a ride later the climber proves that it should not be written off.

As number sixteen of the rankings, the Slovenian gets the space for an attack on the Peyresourde, taking back 40 seconds of his lost time.


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Impressive effort on Puy Muray

With renewed energy, Pogacar wins the ninth stage and continues his good line in stage thirteen.

The UAE Team Emirates rider once again shows that he is Roglic's biggest rival by crossing the line together with the yellow jersey wearer on the Puy Mary.

Compared to his fellow countryman, Pogacar has much less support from his team uphill, but he proves to be strong enough solo to join the battle for the overall victory.

4. New victory despite 'killer pace' Jumbo-Visma

It does not stop at one stage victory for Pogacar.

On the Grand Colombier, the number two of the rankings again wins Roglic's battle for the stage victory, although he would have liked to have taken a little more time on his fellow countryman, who has the luxury of a strong team and therefore seems to have the best credentials in the battle for the yellow jersey.

"Jumbo-Visma rode at a killer pace all day," said Pogacar after his second day success of this Tour.

"Together with the heat that made for a very tough stage. So as far as I am concerned it made no sense to attack."

5. Impressive time trial makes the difference

In the seventeenth stage, Pogacar has to give in to Roglic, he ends up behind in the standings by 57 seconds and seems to have to put the yellow jersey out of his mind for good.

Until the closing time trial.

At the moment when nobody really takes it into account anymore, Pogacar is riding a formidable time trial.

He declassifies everything and everyone, takes almost two minutes on the disappointing Roglic and can call himself the first Slovenian and youngest post-war Tour winner.


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