“I’m almost ready for the Tour de France” – Tadej Pogacar prepares for yellow jersey defense with Tour of Slovenia victory – –

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“I’m almost ready for the Tour de France” – Tadej Pogacar prepares for yellow jersey defense with Tour of Slovenia victory – –


Tadej Pogacar says he feels “almost ready” for his Tour de France title defense after warming up with a win in his home race.
The UAE rider Team Emirates controlled all five days of the Tour of Slovenia and took the overall victory one minute and 21 seconds ahead of his closest challenger.

Just under a fortnight before the second Grand Tour of the season, Pogacar scored his rivals with the ease of victory, in an event that meant more to the 22-year-old than to most of the competition.

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“It’s an incredible emotion, I came close to the podium in this race four times and I can finally celebrate the title,” he said.

“It has been a great week that makes me happy and proud to be able to be here at home in front of all these people. The team has always worked well and we deserved these results, congratulations to all the guys.

My legs are getting better and better and I’m almost ready for the Tour de France. I still have two weeks to prepare for what will be my next big goal.

“(The) Tour of Slovenia gave me (the) good race pace, and that will be of great help in the first week of the Tour. The course in Slovenia was very diverse, we had everything from climbs to sprints, and it was a good practice race.

Pogacar will continue his progression by competing in the Slovenian National Championships before heading to France as one of the favorites for victory ahead of the Grand Départ in Brest on June 26.

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