Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 27 October 2020

Tadej Pogacar’s Tour de France yellow jersey sold for charity

UAE Team Emirates rider's contribution to help athletes from underprivileged families in Slovenia

UAE Team Emirates' Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar is doing his bit to help people back home in his country. Pogacar's yellow jersey was sold for €47,000 (Dh200,000) on Friday in a charity auction organised by Slovenia’s national public radio.

Pogacar’s jersey was bought by a local businessman. Organisers said the money will be used to support talented young sportspersons in Slovenia from underprivileged families.

The 22-year-old Pogacar became the youngest winner in 116 years on Sunday. He finished ahead of compatriot Primoz Roglic.

In his column for The National, Pogacar said winning the Tour was a dream come true.

"I thought beforehand that if I had a good day then probably, I would be close to [race leader Primoz] Roglic. He didn’t have the best day, so I was able to make up the time. I didn’t know that I had won the jersey until after he had crossed the line. I have a lot of respect for him as a rival and a friend. I know he’s disappointed at the moment but I’m sure we will have many great battles in the future," Pogacar wrote.

"I still can’t believe that I am the youngest Tour de France winner since 1904 and its first from Slovenia. I had some good years with UAE Team Emirates where I won Tour de l’Avenir in 2018 and capped by three stages victories and a podium at Vuelta a Espana last year."

Updated: September 26, 2020 07:22 PM

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