"Bernal and Evenepoel are very good, but I have Pogacar"

The UAE of Matxin trusted the Slovenian, lover of football and hi hop, to whom he renewed his contract until the end of 2024 to be his franchise man.

"Bernal-and-Evenepoel-are-very-good-but-I-have-Pogacar"

Maurice Garin, Henri Cornet, Louis Trousselier, Jean Robic, Fausto Coppi, Hugo Koblet, Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Laurent Fignon conquered the Tour in their first participation. Like Tadej Pogacar, the first Slovenian to win the French event. To give one more point of perspective: only two riders in history achieved the Tour and at least two complementary classifications, Merckx and Pogacar. El Caníbal scored points, mountain, combined and combativeness in 1969; mountain, combined and combative in 1970; and points and combined in 1971 and 1972. The second-earliest to climb the first step of the Champs-Élysées, at 21 years and 365 days (only surpassed by Cornet, at 19 years and 355 days), reached the mountain jerseys and the best young man. Almost nothing.

Born in Komenda, Slovenia, on September 21, 1998, Tadej started playing soccer with his classmates. At the age of nine, he exchanged the ball for the bicycle and joined the Rog Ljubljana club with his brother Tilen. He immediately caught the attention of the technicians of the national team, who took him to international competitions for cadets and youth. In 2017 he signed his first contract (with the team in which he formed) and in his first career as a professional, the Tour of Slovenia (in which Rafal Majka won), he finished fifth at 18. Urska Zigart, 23-year-old cyclist from Alé BTC Ljubljana, is the couple of Tamau Pogi, Little Pogi, a lover of hip hop, football, cinema and off-road tranquility, a character that transforms when competing. His name began to circulate strongly in 2018, when he conquered the Tour del Porvenir. The powerful UAE (second budget of the peloton with 30 million euros, only behind the 46 of the Ineos) signed him for 2019, and this course he extended his contract until the end of 2024, before even wearing yellow in Paris.

The team wants to make you their franchise man. Its director, Joxean Fernández Matxin, has been repeating it since 2019, when Egan Bernal and Remco Evenepoel began to impress before the Vuelta. "Those two runners are magnificent, but I have Pogacar." In his debut in a big one in the national round, he finished with three stages and as third place, behind Alejandro Valverde and his admired friend and rival Primoz Roglic, who gave Slovenia the first title in a three-week test. The apprentice surpassed the master on this Tour, although the two shared the podium: “I respect Rogla a lot, I wish I hadn't left him in second place, but I just fulfilled a dream as a child. He was a happy boy when he started, he was happy when he went on the attack and when he was second, imagine now in yellow in Paris ”. In the history of Matxin and Mauro Gianetti, the UAE manager, are the doping cases of Piepoli and Riccó in the 2008 Tour with the Saunier Duval, and that of Cobo with the Geox in the 2011 Vuelta. It depends on Pogacar that the past does not repeat itself, because it is already present and future.



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