The 'Pogacar phenomenon' continues in 2021: UAE Tour champion

The Slovenian wins the Tour of the Emirates, his sponsor's race, after a final stage that Caleb Ewan won and in which Adam Yates had a hard crash.


The Pogacar phenomenon continues in 2021. The 22-year-old Slovenian was crowned this Saturday the winner of the UAE Tour, the first overall on this season's World Tour, and a key win for his team (UAE Emirates) in the home race. He also achieves this after an impeccable week in which he took victory in his first high finish at Jebel Hafeet, and always gave the impression of having the test under control despite the attempts of his rivals. But the image that the young star conveys, in great shape in what is his first engagement of the year, is unbeatable: the solid off-road leader leading a very powerful team that rolls for him. In short, the rival to beat this season in which he has set two goals: defend his title on the Tour and win the race in which it was confirmed, La Vuelta.

A status that has not arrived suddenly, but with an amazing progression. He was already a star before hitting the World Tour. Winner of the Tour del Porvenir and the Giro Sub-23 in 2018, his move to the first cycling division the following year came surrounded by enormous expectations ... which he more than met. In 2019, eight victories with a third place and three stages conquered in his first major, the Vuelta. Loot that he far exceeded in 2020 despite the problems generated by the pandemic: nine more wins, including the Tour de France with three stages and an epic comeback in the last time. After the stage and general of this UAE Tour he adds ... 19 victories in little more than two seasons!

The superstar whose career the Spanish Joxean Fernández Matxin guides seems to compete under an impressive halo of unbeatenness, generated by his multiple virtues together with a certain dose of fortune that also accompanies him. This Saturday, in the final stage of the Emirates race, which was complicated by the fan attempts made by Ineos, he was able to avoid a fall when the day was running more calmly. The incident brushed against him without consequences, while he hit his rivals squarely, including an Adam Yates, his main opponent in the test, who hit the ground with his face and had to be treated by doctors, although he managed to finish on the second step of the podium.

Duel Ewan-Bennett

An incident that did not diminish the attitude of an Ineos that, in the absence of recovering the best version of Egan Bernal, has also started the campaign with an aggressive attitude, knowing that the cycling throne is no longer his, but must compete it with formations like Jumbo or UAE Tour. The British team was once again in the lead in the last kilometers, although that final stage had an owner.

The Deceuninck, in the form of a 'herd', as they call themselves, appeared with 2.5 km to go to try to govern the sprint for his fast man, Sam Bennett, who was looking for the hat-trick. However, Lotto Soudal fought that domain and was able to better position his sprinter, Caleb Ewan, who did not have to make as much effort as Bennett to launch in the last meters. The two, Irish and Australian, played the victory in a heads-up that Ewan took to debut in this 2021.

Classification 7th stage

1. C. Ewan (AUS / Lotto Soudal) 3: 18: 29.

2. S. Bennett (Irl / Deceuninck) mt

. P. Bauhaus (Ale / Bahrain) mt

Final general classification

1. T. Pogacar (Esl / UAE) 24: 00: 28.

2. A. Yates (GBr / Ineos) to 35.

. J. Almeida (By / Deceuninck) 1: 02.

4. C. Harper (Aus / Jumbo) at 1: 42.

5. N. Powless (USA / EF) at 1: 45.

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