Roglik suffered a serious accident in the third round and withdrew from the race a few days later. Despite breaking his shoulder in the third round, Thomas rode, but dropped the rating.
In the mountains, Pogakar came under pressure from Jonah Wingegard when the peloton made his way to Mont Ventu twice, but the Slovenian came to his senses to make sure he didn’t waste time. Slovenia won the Pyrenees after two victories.
The Emirates Team rider defeated Vingegaard of Denmark with a time of five minutes and 20 seconds over second place.
It was a measure of Pogakar’s advantage that he also wore a regiment point and white shirts as the King of the Mountains and the best young rider respectively.
Last year, Pogakar was the youngest winner of the famous three-week race since 1904 and the first Slovenian to wear a yellow shirt, which was the most dreamy cycling award.
Pogakar announced himself to the world with his stunning victory at last year’s Tour de France.
Over the course of a year, he became an avid sports star and won his second consecutive tour, one of the most meteoric climbs of all athletes in recent memory.
Pogakar is still only 22 years old and will be the dominant force in cycling for many years to come, but the Slovenian has ridiculed the idea that this was the beginning of the “Pogakar era”.
“I don’t consider it the‘ Pogakar era ’,” the Slovenian cyclist told reporters after another command victory in the 18th round: “I think it’s stupid, but sure a new era is coming.
“We’re seeing a lot of young people step up to the top, and we’re seeing a lot of battles among everyone, so many young names. The next few years will be really tough.”
However, former Tour de France winner Gerent Thomas, while acknowledging Pogakar as a “talented guy,” told ITV4 that “no one is defeated.”
Most of those struggling at a high level are fellow Slovenian Pogakar.
The 31-year-old Roglik has already established himself as one of the best riders of his generation with two overall victories at the Vuelta a España, while Matej Mohoric, just 26, is already a two-time Slovenian road race champion and boasts at least one individual stage victory. in all three cyclists who win on Friday in the touring stage.
Urska Zigart, Pogakar’s girlfriend, scored her first professional victory at the age of just 24 at the start of the season to boost the country’s cycling reputation.
Pogakar’s departure for the Tour de France may not have been unexpected, the only surprise was that it happened quickly.
Just three years ago, Pogakar won the prestigious Tour l’Avenir in a race for up to 23-year-old riders, following the conclusion of the Tour de France and often winning some of these routes.
If Pogakar’s victory had been won over the centuries, the Tour would not have always been a simple swim this year, but after a woman stretched out a banner, the first stage resulted in dozens of bicycle accidents.
According to a video of the race on Saturday’s event, the sign hit a German rider, Tony Martin, who was riding a bicycle in front of his head. Martin fell, which caused the subsequent crash of dozens of riders behind him.
The cyclists fell en masse and the accident rolled over the bikes and bodies on the road. The fallout held the race for a few minutes.
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