PARIS (AP) — Tadej Pogacar received the Tour de France for a second straight yr after a largely ceremonial last stage to the Champs-Elysees on Sunday in biking’s largest race.
The Slovenian rider with UAE Team Emirates efficiently defended his big lead of 5 minutes, 20 seconds over second-place Jonas Vingegaard.
The 22-year-old Pogacar received his first title final September when he grew to become the Tour’s youngest champion in 116 years. He is now the youngest double winner of the race.
Wout van Aert received the twenty first stage in a mass dash. That prevented Mark Cavendish from beating Belgian nice Eddy Merckx’s document of 34 stage wins which the British sprinter equaled earlier within the race.
The largely flat 108-kilometer (67-mile) leg started in Chatou simply exterior Paris and concluded with eight laps up and down the famed avenue.
Richard Carapaz completed third general, 7:03 off the tempo.
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Pogacar and his teammates rode on the entrance of the pack collectively as they reached the Champs-Elysees, and the Slovenia champion raised his fist within the air in celebration.
Pogacar’s gesture acted as a sign for these combating for a prestigious stage win as the primary accelerations happened. But the attackers’ efforts didn’t repay and the stage led to a mass dash.
Cavendish, who consoled himself with one of the best sprinter’s inexperienced jersey, banged his handlebar in frustration after van Aert edged Jasper Philipsen to the road. Cavendish was third.