Pogacar on verge of Tour glory

18 July 2021 03:26:20 GMTPlus10

Slovenian ace Tadej Pogacar will be named winner of this year's Tour de France on Sunday after his seventh-placed finish in the time trial on the penultimate stage.

Pogacar is on the verge of glory in the Tour and is 9/2 to win the men's road race at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo later this summer.

The stage 20 time trial was won by Wout van Aert of Jumbo-Visma with a time of 35 minutes and 53 seconds and was the Belgian's second stage victory of this year's Tour.

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Going into Sunday's parade into Paris, Pogacar has a lead of five minutes and 20 seconds and is set to take the yellow jersey.

The UAE-Team Emirates star also won the Tour de France last year, prevailing in the final time trial on that occasion, and will beat Jonas Vingegaard in the general classification, while Richard Carapaz is back in third.

Van Aert is a team-mate of Vingegaard and, following his stage success, reflected on a great tour for the team.

Speaking after his win, van Aert said: "It is quite something - winning a Tour de France time trial has been one of the biggest objectives in my career.

"I've been really focused on this day in the last couple of days and I'm so happy that I can finish it off - the course was perfect for me.

"It's been a real hard Tour de France for our team but in the end we have three stage wins and we have Jonas [Vingegaard] in second on GC which is an amazing result."

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