Tadej Pogacar makes history after winning Tour de France

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UAE Team Emirates rider Tadej Pogacar gave himself an early birthday present after his historic victory at the Tour de France yesterday.

The UAE wins the Tour de France

The UAE wins the Tour de France

The Slovenian, who turned 22 today, is the youngest winner of the world's most prestigious road race since Henri Cornet in 1904. Protected by his UAE teammates, Pogacar safely crossed the finish line in the peloton at the end of the largely ceremonial 122km final stage from Mantes-Le-Jolie to Paris Champs-Élysées.

Irishman Sam Bennett of Deceuninck–Quick-Step won the stage in a sprint finish ahead of Trek–Segafredo's Danish sprinter Mads Pedersen, Slovakian Peter Sagan of Bora–Hansgrohe, and Pogacar's Norwegian teammate Alexander Kristoff.

But the day belonged to Pogacar, who is also the first cyclist from Slovenia to win the Tour de France.

Up until Saturday's penultimate stage, it looked as though Pogacar's compatriot Primoz Rolgic would take that honour. Holding a 57-second lead ahead of the mountain time trial, the Team Jumbo-Visma star imploded during his run as Pogacar produced a scintillating performance to win the stage and overhaul his rival.

The UAE Team Emirates rider sealed his victory yesterday while retaining his 59-second lead on Roglic. Australia's Richie Porte from Trek–Segafredo completed the General Classification podium, finishing the 21-stage Grand Tour three minutes and 30-seconds behind the champion.

Pogacar has now finished on the podium in two of cycling's three Grand Tours having claimed third in the 2019 Vuelta a Espana.

This year's Tour de France, the 107th edition of the race, was moved from its original start date of June 27 to August 29 because of the coronavirus pandemic.