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Slovenia's Tadej Pogacar wins second straight Tour de France

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Slovenia's Tadej Pogacar, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey,  rides with his UAE Team Emirates teammates during the last stage of the Tour de France, 18 July, 2021.
Slovenia's Tadej Pogacar, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides with his UAE Team Emirates teammates during the last stage of the Tour de France, 18 July, 2021.   -   Copyright  AP Photo
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Tadej Pogacar won the Tour de France for a second straight year after a mostly ceremonial final stage to the Champs-Elysees on Sunday in cycling’s biggest race.

The Slovenian rider with UAE Team Emirates successfully defended his huge lead of 5 minutes, 20 seconds over second-place Jonas Vingegaard.

The 22-year-old Pogacar won his first title last September when he became the Tour’s youngest champion in 116 years. He is now the youngest double winner of the race.

Wout van Aert won the 21st stage in a mass sprint. That prevented Mark Cavendish from beating Belgian great Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 stage wins which the British sprinter equalled earlier in the race.