Slovenia's Pogacar becomes youngest Tour de France winner since 1904
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Slovenian rider Tadej Pogacar was crowned the Tour de France winner ahead of countryman and race favorite Primoz Roglic on Sunday on the Champs d'Elysees in Paris.

Pogacar, 21, becomes the youngest rider since 1904 to capture the crown jewel of cycling's Grand Tours by maintaining a 59-second advantage on Team Jumbo-Visma's Roglic entering Sunday's processional stage in the French capital.

Roglic, who won the general classification at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana, was considered the oddsmakers' picks to win the 2020 Tour de France alongside 2019 champion and Team Ineos star Egan Bernal from Colombia.

Roglic was in yellow as race leader for 13 days before UAE-Team Emirates rider Pogacar overcame a 57-second deficit during Saturday's time trial. The 38-kilometer stage featured an uphill finish on the Planches des Belles Filles, as riders swapped specialist time-trial bikes for more conventional road setups part way.

A superior time trialist to Pogacar, Roglic stumbled at the changeover and struggled to clip into his pedals, costing the 30-year-old former ski jumper valuable seconds. Pogacar would go on to win the time trial, bettering Roglic's Jumbo-Visma teammate Tom Dumoulin by 1:21.

Pogacar won three stages at this year's Tour de France and also takes home the Young rider classification and the polka dot jersey for the King of the Mountains distinction awarded to the race's best climber. Pogacar becomes the first to achieve that treble in race history.

The victory for Pogacar, Slovenia's first, marks a rare shock for cycling's most celebrated race, and a temporary hold on Team Ineos' (formerly Team Sky) dominance over the three-week contest.

Seven of the previous eight winners of the race were represented by the big-money Brits, including four-time winner Chris Froome and 2018 champ Geraint Thomas, both of whom were left off the eight-man Tour de France team.

Australian Richie Porte of Trek-Segafredo lands on the podium in Paris for the first time, finishing in third place, 3:30 back of Pogacar. Irish sprinter Sam Bennett won Sunday's final stage and the points classification, beating out Slovakian star and seven-time winner of the Green jersey Peter Sagan.

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