Pogacar targets Tour, Games and World Cup in 2021

The Slovenian has selected his main goals for the season. He will defend his crown at the Grande Boucle, in addition to fighting in one-day races.


Tadej Pogacar, winner of the 2020 Tour, points out the French round among his great goals for this year, along with the Tokyo Olympics and the World Championships in which he hopes to "do the best possible. "The first objective I have already achieved now with the UAE Tour. The Tour de France as well, because I will have the number 1 on my back and I will try to defend it. Then, go to the Olympic Games and the World Championships and do my best. ", he said in an interview with the Laureus Foundation, after his nomination as Revelation Athlete of the Year.

The cyclist, who has become the youngest winner of the Tour at 21 years of age in 116 editions, was satisfied with the good start to the season with the recent victory in the Tour of the Emirates, "really important" for his team the UAE Team Emirates. "It was the first big goal of the year and now the pressure is off for the next races. We have done a good job. I hope we can continue like this. People will expect me to win every race that I start, but I know that's not possible. And if I fail, I will always try to get up. Not to win all the races because there are many runners, a lot of competition. Now I just enjoy the moment and try to do my best in each race, "he said.From his memories of the Tour, Pogacar made special reference to the Paris stage, having cut 57 seconds off the leader, Primoz Roglic, on the penultimate day of the race last September. "It was something I can't describe. Even without the fans, it was amazing to race there in the yellow jersey. One memory I will never forget is how my teammates were glad that I won the time trial at the end. It was so nice to see them all super super proud and happy, "he commented.

Pogacar highlighted the influence that his victory in the Tour can have on the growth of cycling in his country and also the role that he can now have in charitable actions, such as the gifts of some yellow jerseys to raise funds. "The biggest was directly after the Tour, when 47,000 euros were received for young people or children. I am very happy to be able to help. I want to continue in this line. This year we have started a project with my previous team. We have renamed it like Pogateam, which is my nickname, so I help them. We get them new bikes, new clothes, everything they need for cycling, because now this sport is becoming very expensive and not everyone can afford it, "he explained.

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