Tadej Pogačar and UAE Team Emirates brought the curtain down on a beautiful three weeks of racing by claiming overall victory at the Tour de France 2021. The confirmation of his victory came on the streets of Paris on the Champs Elysees on Stage 21, won by Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma). The foundations for the victory were laid as early as stage 5 at the Laval time trial which he won by a considerable margin and consolidated with the attacks in the Alps on the 8th and 9th stages, crowned with the Pyrenean successes on the Col du Portet and in Luz Ardiden (18th and 19th stages).
Pogačar finished the Tour de France in 82h36’56”, ahead of Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) and Richard Carapaz (Ineos-Grenadiers) in the overall standings. Just like the 2020 edition, the Slovenian talent also won the polka dot jersey of best climber and the white jersey as leader of the youth ranking.
Pogačar: “I’m without words. To be here again in Paris less than a year from my first victory is something really special and I am so happy to win this race again. It’s been an emotional few weeks. All the team and staff were amazing and I am so thankful for all the hard work they have done to support me. I leave to the Olympics in Tokyo tomorrow with amazing memories. I can’t wait to come back to the Tour de France again soon.”