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Factbox-Cycling-Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar

PARIS (Reuters) – Factbox on Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, who won his second consecutive Tour de France title on Sunday:

Born: Sept. 21, 1998

Grand Tour titles (2): Tour de France 2020, 2021

EARLY CAREER

* Coached by former world road race bronze medallist and fellow Slovenian Andrej Hauptman

* 2018 is Pogacar’s breakthrough year. He wins the Tour de l’Avenir, a stage race for young riders often seen as a springboard for the Tour de France. He also won the mountains classification in that race.

GRAND TOUR DEBUT

* In 2019, Pogacar becomes the youngest winner of the Tour of California

* He also wins the Tour of Algarve

* On his grand tour debut, Pogacar wins three stages at the Vuelta a Espana to finish third overall behind Primoz Roglic and Alejandro Valverde

* In 2020, he gears up for the Tour de France by finishing fourth in the Criterium du Dauphine

* On the Tour de France, the Slovenian champion claims the overall lead on the penultimate day, overturning a 57-second deficit to leapfrog Roglic

* In 2021, he wins the Liege-Bastogne-Liege ‘Monument’ classic before triumphing at the Tour de France for a second time

STATISTICS

* Pogacar is the youngest rider to win the Tour de France since Henri Cornet in 1904, the second youngest ever

* He is the youngest rider to win two Tour de France titles

* Last year he became the first rider since Eddy Merckx in 1969 to hold three distinctive jerseys (yellow, white for the best Under-25, polka dot for the mountains classification). Merckx had won the mountains classification, yellow jersey and green jersey for the points classification

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis)

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