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Video: Tour de l’Avenir winner Pogačar (20) nails Algarve finish

Posted on: February 21st, 2019

Tadej Pogačar Algarve

Tadej Pogačar, who won the Tour de l’Avenir as a 19-year-old last season, takes a great stage win; atop a very hard climb and with some truly world class climbers in his wake.

 

It hasn’t taken last year’s Tour de l’Avenir winner too long to find his feet at WorldTour level; Tadej Pogačar winning the stage today at Volta ao Algarve.

The 20-year-old riding for UAE Team Emirates was too strong for the others in the select group at the end of stage 2.

He rode a tactically perfect finish, waiting for those around him to surge forward first before pulling the trigger himself for an impressive win.

 

 

The Slovenian also took the race lead for his efforts having finished in the front group yesterday when a late crash decimated the field.

That smash took out Irish young gun Eddie Dunbar; one of four Team Sky men to come down with 7km remaining on the opening stage.

However, one Irishman still in the race is Ryan Mullen. And the Trek-Segafredo man finished in 82nd place today, some 14:25 down.

The highlight of his race comes tomorrow in the shape of the 20.3km TT. He goes into it as one of the favourites.

And in the absence of Dunbar, national TT champion Mullen carries Irish hopes of a stage victory.

 

Tadej Pogačar Algarve

Team Sky did their best to win the day after something of a crashfest for them yesterday.

 

Today on the summit finish of the cat 1 Fóia, Sky put in a serious effort on the early slopes as they worked for Wout Poels.

Tao Geoghegan Hart inflicted much of the damage and with 2km remaining there were just five remaining in contention.

Pogačar and Poels were there along with Amaro Antunes (CCC Team), Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb) and Enric Mas (Deceuninck-QuickStep).

It was Portugal’s Antunes who attacked first in a bid to win after the earlier part of the climb had proven an aggressive affair.

Antunes got a gap and Oomen eventually went after him, though failed to close it. Poels then attacked from behind Oomen in what looked like a strong bid to win the stage.

But Tadej Pogačar stayed on the wheel of Poels and came around him very strongly to win it.

 

Tadej Pogačar Algarve

Pogačar in yellow; his first time in a WorldTour race leader’s jersey.

 

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