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Pogačar takes out second straight Tour de France, becoming youngest double winner


Tadej Pogačar took the yellow jersey to Paris to win his second straight Tour de France, after a gruelling three-week odyssey that at times he made look like a recreational ride.

The UAE Team Emirates leader successfully defended his huge lead of 5 minutes, 20 seconds over second-placed Jonas Vingegaard in the mostly ceremonial final stage to the Champs-Élysées. Richard Carapaz finished third overall, 7:03 off the pace.

Wout van Aert won the stage in a mass sprint, preventing British sprinter Mark Cavendish from beating Belgian great Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 stage wins.

Pogačar’s repeat success at cycling’s biggest event was a tale of total dominance.

The 22-year-old 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.

More to come.

AP

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