July 18th, 2021

Pogacar Defends Tour Title

Tadej Pogacar claimed his second Tour de France title in a row. The 23-year-old Slovenian cyclist won three stages on the way.

The new cycling star pulled ahead in the general classification standings after the eighth stage and never gave up the yellow jersey afterwards, winning three of the 21 stages. Besides his overall triumph, the rider of Team Bahrain Victorius also won the awards for the “Best Cyclist Under-25” and the “King of the Mountains” polka dot jersey, a triple he also achieved on his debut last year.

Team Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider Mark Cavendish topped the points classification of this year’s Tour de France where he won four stages. The 36-year-old Briton reached a total of 34 Tour de France stage wins in his career, matching the record set between 1969 and 1975 by Eddy Merckx, who is considered the greatest cyclist of all time.

In the Tour starting on the 26th of June and finishing on the 18th of July, Bahrain Victorious (Bahrain) won the team classification, with EF Education-Nippo (USA) second and Jumba-Visma (Netherlands) in the third position.

The stage winners of the 108th Tour de France are as follows:

26 June (197.8km): Julian Alaphilippe, France
27 June (183.5km): Mathieu van der Poel, Netherlands
28 June (182.9km): Tim Merlier, Belgium
29 June (150.4km): Mark Cavendish, Great Britain
30 June (27.2km - Individual time trial): Tadej Pogacar, Slovenia
1 July (160.6 km): Mark Cavendish, Great Britain
2 July (249.1km): Matej Mohoric, Slovenia
3 July (150.8km): Dylan Teuns, Belgium
4 July (144.9km): Ben O'Connor, Australia
5 July: Rest day
6 July (190.7km): Mark Cavendish, Great Britain
7 July (198.9km): Wout van Aert, Belgium
8 July (159.4km): Nils Politt, Germany
9 July (219.9km): Mark Cavendish, Great Britain
10 July (183.7km): Bauke Mollema, Netherlands
11 July (191.3km): Sepp Kuss, USA
12 July: Rest day
13 July (169km): Patrick Konrad, Austria
14 July (178.4km): Tadej Pogacar, Slovenia
15 July (129.7km): Tadej Pogacar, Slovenia
16 July (207km): Matej Mohoric, Slovenia
17 July (30.8km - Individual time trial): Wout van Aert, Belgium
18 July (108.4km): Wout van Aert, Belgium