Published on : 20/09/2020 – 19:26
The Slovenian Tadej Pogacar became the youngest winner of the Tour de France since 1904, at the end of the 21st and last stage, won by the Irishman Sam Bennett, green jersey, on Sunday, on the Champs-Élysées, in Paris.
A Slovenian winner of the Tour for the first time: Tadej Pogacar became, on Sunday September 20, on the eve of his 22e anniversary, the youngest winner for a century of the Grande Boucle which ended with the sprint victory of Irishman Sam Bennett on Sunday on the Champs-Élysées.
The 21e and last stage left unchanged the classification upset the day before in the time trial of La Planche des Belles Filles: Pogacar beat his compatriot Primoz Roglic and the Australian Richie Porte, all three present for the first time on the final podium .
In the sprint, Sam Bennett, already assured of the green jersey, beat the world champion, the Dane Mads Pedersen, and the Slovakian Peter Sagan.
Winner of three stages, Pogacar wore the yellow jersey only on the last day, over the 122 kilometers leading from Mantes-la-Jolie, in the Yvelines to Paris.
Winner in his first Tour de France
The rider of the UAE Emirates team, third in the 2019 Vuelta, won the Tour on his first participation. He succeeds another young rider, Colombian Egan Bernal, who won the Tour at 22, but this year abandoned the race he entered as the sole leader of the Ineos team.
The British formation, which had mastered seven of the last eight editions, could not compete with the Jumbo of Roglic and the Belgian Wout van Aert, dominant in the various climbs.
Access for spectators to this 2020 Tour, postponed by two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been restricted in a number of places in the country which were classified “red” by the health authorities.
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Spectators were required to wear masks, a widely observed obligation, and runners had to pass Covid-19 detection tests, which were all negative for the peloton.