He came, he saw, he conquered

Who is this young man who taught the world's cycling elite a lesson? Tadej Pogačar is a wonder boy who at the age of 21 became the second-youngest champion of the most prestigious cycling race in the world. Nobody expected that he would dethrone his role model Primož Roglič, currently the best road cyclist in the world, and take the victory at the famous Tour, where Slovenian flags fluttered proudly along the route. Pogačar, nicknamed "Pogi star" by the world media, and his UAE team shocked the entire cycling world with an incredible race to win over the cycling throne. He did not only bring home the yellow jersey, but also the polka-dot jersey as the race’s top climber and the white one awarded to the best young rider.

A new, golden chapter in Slovenian cycling history

For the first time in history, Slovenia is celebrating double victory at the Tour de France, taking pride in the winner of this prestigious cycling race. Although Primož Roglič wore the yellow jersey for 11 stages, Tadej Pogačar turned the Tour upside down in one of the most spectacular finals in the history of the Tour. He secured the most coveted cycling trophy with a sensational performance in the time trial. It was with good reason that Slovenians started talking about the Tour de France as if it were Slovenian. The extraordinary success of the country’s two cyclists has finally enthroned Slovenia among the world’s cycling elite. In addition to these two champions "Pogi" and "Rogla", the Slovenian colours were also represented by Matej Mohorič, Jan Polanc and Luka Mezgec, who came in second in two stages.

From football to cycling

Sport is in Slovenians’ blood. It would be difficult to list all the successes that Slovenian athletes have had. We are inspired by our wonderful green environment, so it is not surprising that the majority of Slovenians love outdoor sports activities perceiving them as something obvious. This is how Tadej Pogačar began his sports career. With a ball on the pitch. As a child, he played football in his hometown near Kamnik at the foot of Velika Planina, and he was quite talented. He got into cycling when his older brother started training with the Rog Ljubljana cycling club and a little later he joined the club as "Little Pogi". Already as a boy he was included in the national cycling team, where he continually achieved good results. He was noticed by the UAE team, with whom he signed in July 2018. Since 2019 he has been racing at the highest level of cycling worldwide.

Chasing the cycling throne

Tadej Pogačar did not take us by surprise only on this year's Tour. Last year, he participated in the Volta in Portugal and as a neo-pro took a win over road cycling elite. Then he claimed his victory at the Amgen Tour of California Cycling Road Race to become the youngest winner of that American cycling event. At the cycling race in Spain, where Primož Roglič was a shining star, Pogačar was already standing on the podium (in third place) at the Volta ao Algarve, one of the three largest cycling races in the world. Pogačar's victory this year was already predicted at the race in Valencia, where he claimed the overall lead. The prestigious Tour de France was only the "crème de la crème" of his chasing the very pinnacle of world cycling.  

Slovenia – the land of champions

Slovenia is a true phenomenon in sporting success. Our athletes achieve great things and win medals in numerous sports. In terms of sporting achievements per capita, Slovenia certainly belongs at the very top in the world. This is why it’s not surprising that sport in Slovenia was honoured with its own national holiday.

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