Pogacar warns at ground zero

The Slovenian has won the inaugural round of the World Tour, the Tour of the United Arab Emirates, the home race, in this seizure start to the season.


Primoz Roglic finished in 2020 as the best cyclist of the course. He led the UCI world rankings and received the Vélo d'Or. But the Slovenian also starred in the image of the year, a photograph that shows him collapsed, sitting on the ground, after losing the Tour de France in the time trial on the penultimate day to his compatriot Tadej Pogacar. Roglic would surely have traded this success for the other two accolades. And who doesn't? Pogacar, 22, has gone on to lead the new generation of cyclists, at least in stage races, although others such as Egan Bernal and Remco Evenepoel previously sounded more. The UAE Team leader already shone in his first appearance in a great round, third and three stages in the 2019 Vuelta a España, and finished off his good manners in his debut on the Tour. There may be a champion for a long time. For now, Pogacar has won the inaugural round of the 2021 World Tour circuit, the Tour of the United Arab Emirates, the home race, in this seized start to the season that has been so difficult to start. First notice.

Symbolically, the World Tour has debuted in the race where cycling, and in large part sports, began to raise awareness of the coronavirus blow. Around this time, on February 27, the UAE Tour was canceled in the absence of two stages due to the positives of two Italian assistants. Three cyclists joined the list, the first athletes affected, and four teams were locked in quarantine in a hotel in Abu Dhabi for several weeks. A year has passed and the virus has not disappeared. On Monday there was a case in the Alpecin of the then leader Van der Poel, which forced the full squad to withdraw. But now it is better known how to fight the enemy. The Emirates, in fact, are the second country in the vaccine ranks. Cycling rolls despite the pandemic. With Pogacar triumphant in ground zero.

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