Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogacar made history a year ago when he became the second youngest winner of the Tour de France.
In 2021, make history again. At age 22, he became the youngest two-time champion in 108-year history and the youngest to win two consecutive yellow jerseys.
Last year, Pogacar won the 10th closest race of all time by beating fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic by just 59 seconds. Roglic, who entered the race as the No. 1 rider, had several crashes at the start of the first week of action and finished the eighth stage in 175th position. He chose not to continue the course and decided to abandon the race.
The 2021 Tour de France was Pogacar’s entire career. He took the lead in the general classification and grabbed the yellow jersey on Stage 8. He had already won the time trial on Stage 5, his first of three stage victories. When he crossed the finish line, he finished with a lead of five minutes and 20 seconds.
In addition to the yellow jersey, Pogacar also won the polka dot and white jerseys.
Winners of the 2021 Tour de France jersey
- Yellow: Tadej pogacar
- Moles: Tadej pogacar
- Green: Mark cavendish
- White: Tadej pogacar
Classification Tour de France 2021
|1.||Tadej Pogacar (Slovenian)||82 hours, 56 minutes, 36 seconds|
|two.||Jonas Vingegaard (Danish)||+00.05.20|
|3.||Richard Carapaz (Ecuadorian)||+00.07.03|
|Bedroom||Ben O’Connor (Australian)||+00.10.02|
|5.||Wilco Kelderman (Dutch)||+00.10.13|
Winners of the 2021 Tour de France stage
|1||June 26th||197.8 km (122.9 miles)||Brest to Landerneau (mountainous)||Julian Alaphilippe|
|two||June 27th||183.5 km (114.0 miles)||Perros-Guirec to Bretagne Guerledan (mountainous)||Mathieu van der Poel|
|3||June 28th||182.9 km (113.6 miles)||Lorient to Pontivy (floor)||Tim merlier|
|Bedroom||June 29||150.4 km (93.5 miles)||Redon a Fougeres (flat)||Mark cavendish|
|5||June 30th||27.2 km (16.9 miles)||Change to Laval Espace Mayenne (individual time trial)||Tadej pogacar|
|Sixth||1st of July||160.6 km (99.8 miles)||Visits to Chateauroux (map)||Mark cavendish|
|Seventh||July 2nd||249.1 km (154.8 miles)||Vierzon to Le Creusot (mountainous)||Matej mohoric|
|Eighth||3rd of July||150.8 km (93.7 miles)||Oyonnax to Le Grand Bornand (mountain)||Dylan teuns|
|9||July 4th||144.9 km (90.0 miles)||Cluses to Tignes (mountain)||Ben o’connor|
|Day of rest||July 5th||–||Tignes||N / A|
|10||July 6th||190.7 km (118.5 miles)||Albertville to Valence (plane)||Mark cavendish|
|eleven||July 07||198.9 km (123.6 miles)||Sorgues al Malaucene (mountain)||Wout van Aert|
|12||July 8||159.4 km (99.0 miles)||Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Nimes (plane)||Nils Politt|
|13||July 9th||219.9 km (136.6 miles)||Nimes to Carcassonne (plane)||Mark cavendish|
|14||July 10th||183.7 km (114.1 miles)||Carcassonne to Quillan (mountainous)||Bauke mollema|
|fifteen||July 11||191.3 km (118.9 miles)||Ceret a Andorre-La-Vielille (mountain)||Sepp’s kiss|
|Day of rest||12th of July||–||Andorra||N / A|
|sixteen||July 13||169 km (105.0 miles)||Pas de la Case a Saint-Gaudens (mountainous)||Patrick Conrad|
|17||July 14||178.4 km (110.9 miles)||Muret to Saint-Lary-Soulan Col Du Portet (mountain)||Tadej pogacar|
|18||July 15||129.7 km (80.6 miles)||Pau to Luz Ardiden (mountain)||Tadej pogacar|
|19||July 16th||207 km (128.6 miles)||Mourenx to Libourne (plane)||Matej mohoric|
|Twentieth||July 17th||30.8 km (19.1 miles)||Libourne to Saint-Emilion (individual time trial)||Wout van Aert|
|twenty-one||July 18||108.4 km (67.4 miles)||Chatou to the Champs Elysees in Paris (map)||Wout van Aert|
Who is the youngest winner of the Tour de France?
Pogacar, who made his Tour de France debut in 2020, became the second youngest rider to win the event at age 21.
The youngest was Henri Cornet, a French cyclist who, at age 19, won the Tour de France in 1904. Cornet never claimed another title in the race after the scoring system was changed the following year to a points system. instead of a time framework. although it was switched back to time scoring in 1912.
Consecutive tour winners
There have been several cyclists who have won the Tour de France in consecutive seasons. Eliminating those whose victories have been stripped, sorry Lance Armstrong, 13 riders have won the race in at least two years in a row.
Lucien Petit-Breton was the first to win it twice in a row when he scored victories in 1907 and 1908.
If Pogacar races next year, he will join Louison Bobet, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain and Chris Froome as the only drivers to win it in three consecutive seasons. Indurain won the race in five consecutive years from 1991-95, with Anquetil (1961-64) and Merckx (1969-72) tied for the second longest streak with four consecutive victories.
Most Tour de France victories per rider
Four riders are tied for the most overall ranking won in a bike race. Anquetil, Merckx, Indurain and Bernard Hinault have won the Tour de France five times each. Froome has won it four times and Bobet, Philippe Thys and Greg LeMond have won the race three times each.
Already with two victories at such a young age, Pogacar will have plenty of time left to join that elite company. The oldest cyclist to win the tour was Firmin Lambot, who participated in the 1922 Tour de France at age 36. Pogacar already has two wins 14 years younger than Lambot.
Most Tour de France stage wins per rider
Mark Cavendish made history during the 2021 Tour de France when he won stage 13, which tied him with Merckx for 34 stage wins overall. He won four stages during this year’s Tour de France.
He nearly broke the record when he finished strong on the Champs Elysees, but Wout van Aert came in to win the final sprint to the line for his third stage win of the tour.