Tadej Pogacar is the champion of the 2020 edition of Tour de France. He is the first Slovenian to claim title of this prestigious race.
“This is incredible,” said Pogacar on Sunday after crossing the finish line. “Standing here on the first step of the podium on the Champs Elysées … I never thought I would do it. “It was an incredible three weeks. I want to thank the hard work the tam put in, my family and everyone who supported me.”
Another Slovenian Primoz Roglic, who for two weeks wore the leader’s vest until a meltdown on the penultimate stage, was second and the 35-year-old Australian Richie Porte came third.
It is Pogacar’s 22nd birthday tomorrow, and he’s asked if this is the best possible birthday present. “I’m not really a fan of my birthdays,” he says, which makes them the only thing he isn’t extremely enthusiastic about at the moment.
“It’s unbelievable. It’s really crazy. Even if I would not win here, if I had come second or last, it would be still nice to be here. But this is the top of the top. I cannot describe this feeling in words. Today was very special, special moments with my teammates. Finally some time to talk with them on the bike, not just going full gas every day. A lot of respect for all the riders. Every single one of them congratulates me today, and I’m really thankful. This sport is really amazing,” he told press.