Tadej Pogacar seals Tour de France glory in Paris, celebrating on the Champs-Elysees as Irishman Sam Bennett wins Stage 21…. a day after historic ride which saw the Slovenian clinch the yellow jersey
- Tadej Pogacar sealed the overall victory of the Tour de France on Sunday
- The 21-year-old sensation became the first Slovenian to ever win the race
- Irishman Sam Bennett won Stage 21, sealing the green jersey in the process
- Pogacar’s victory on Stage 20 to clinch the lead will go down in history
Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar confirmed his victory as the second youngest Tour de France champion in history after Sam Bennett won the final sprint in Paris.
Pogacar, 21, overhauled long-term race leader Primoz Roglic with a stunning time trial win on Saturday to claim the yellow jersey on his Tour debut.
With the leader not challenged on the final stage, Pogacar finished comfortably in the peloton. A jubilant Bennett crossed the line ahead of World Champion Mads Pedersen.
Tadej Pogacar has won the Tour de France, celebrating in Paris after surviving Stage 21
The 21-year-old completed a sensation Tour, becoming the second-youngest winner ever
Irish champion Sam Bennett won the stage with a dominant sprint, sealing the green jersey
Bennett secured victory in the points classification to become only the second Irishman to win the green jersey. Sean Kelly, also from Bennett’s hometown of Carrick-on-Suir, won four from 1982-89.
Roglic finished 59 seconds back in second having held the yellow jersey for 13 days, while Australia’s Richie Porte, 35, claimed his first Grand Tour podium finish in third, three minutes 30 seconds down.
Britain’s Adam Yates, who held the yellow jersey for four days before Roglic took it on stage nine, ended ninth, 9mins 25secs behind.
Pogacar finished with countryman Primoz Roglic, who dramatically lost the lead a day earlier
The sensation also secured the white and polka-dot jerseys, while Bennett took green
Pogacar’s UAE Team Emirates squad leave the race having massively overachieved in France
The winner receives his congratulations from world champions Mads Pedersen early on
‘This is incredible, standing here in Paris on the top step of the podium,’ said Pogacar, draped in the Slovenian flag. ‘It’s been an amazing three-week adventure.’
Pogacar, who is the first Slovenian winner and first debutant champion since Laurent Fignon in 1983, won three stages in total. He also won the polka dot jersey as king of the mountains and the white jersey as the best young rider.
The legendary Eddy Merckx, who won a joint-record five titles, is the only other rider to win three jerseys in the same Tour.
The riders took in a stunning route on the processional stage, passing the Louvre pyramid
After 23 days on the Tour riders were relieved to take in an easy run-in to the final stage
No breakaways were given much of a lead as the sprinters teams set things up for a gallop
Merckx won the yellow, green and combination jerseys in 1969, before the polka dot and white jerseys were introduced.
It is a first Tour win for UAE Team Emirates and ends a run of five straight titles for Team Ineos, four of which were as Team Sky.
Bennett, 29, rode superbly in the final week. He said: ‘I never thought I’d ever be able to win this stage and to do it in green is so special.
‘All the suffering through the mountains was so worth it as were all the years trying to make it.’
Belgian powerhouse Gren van Avermaet tired a move, with Britain’s Connor Swift (third)
Pogacar’s victory will go down in history for the way he stole the lead at the last second
The final podium saw Roglic and Australia’s Richie Porte join the youngster in the top three
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