Can This 23 Year Old Cyclist Three-Peat The Tour de France?

The story of Tadej Pogačar

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The term G.O.A.T is thrown around far too often these days. It’s a designation that is supposed to be reserved for the best of the best. Young athletes who get a taste of winning are met with the expectation of being the G.O.A.T. in their respective sport, because they’re young and we know they can win. No modern athlete may feel that pressure more than 23-year-old Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogačar. The young cyclist is trailing by 2'18" in this year's race, but, if he can make the comeback he will win his 3rd straight Tour de France. This is how ​​the young phenom put himself in the position to be the next G.O.A.T of cycling.

Early Career

2020 and 2021 Tour de France

2022 Tour de France

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As this year's Tour de France competitors ride out the 10th stage and have 11 more stages to finish, Pogačar leads the individual classification rankings by 11 seconds. If the pressure of having such a small margin of lead en route to a third straight Tour de France win wasn’t enough, Pogačars teammate, George Bennett, has been sent home from the race due to COVID. 

UAE-Team Emirates already had multiple members leave this year's race because of COVID, which makes it easier for opponents to pass Pogačar on breakaways. Pogačar also won’t have the advantage of conserving energy in the peloton. Similar criticisms were made about Pogačars team last year, however, and he was still able to close out the race. With the Tour set to end on July 24th, this is definitely a race you will want to keep an eye on.

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