UAE Team Emirates' Pogacar wins third stage of Tour of Slovenia

The Slovenian talent jumped to the top of the overall standings

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Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates. — Supplied photo
Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates. — Supplied photo

By Team KT

Published: Fri 17 Jun 2022, 11:53 PM

Tadej Pogacar returned to savour the taste of victory and did it on his home roads, winning the third stage of the Tour of Slovenia, 144.6 km from Zalec to Celje.

As happened on Wednesday on the occasion of Rafal Majka’s success, the winner of two Tour de France titles pounced from afar, attacking from the group together with his Polish teammate 23 km from the line: the UAE Team Emirates duo stormed the 2nd category ascent of Svetina (5.2 km at 7.7% average gradient), gaining a good margin on the chasers.

After taking the descent, without risking too much, Pogacar and Majka were joined by Nicola Conci (Alpecin-Fenix) just before the last hill, the ascent towards the finish line in Celje.

The Slovenian climber immediately made a decisive move that put Conci under pressure: with victory for Pogacar with 11 ” over his teammate Majka and 14″ over Conci.

With Friday’s results, the Slovenian talent (eighth win of the season, 27th for UAE Team Emirates) jumped to the top of the overall standings with 7 “over Majka. The Pole leads the ranking of climbers and the points ranking.

Pogacar said: “As a team we have worked perfectly to keep the situation under control. On the climb, Rafal and I decided to attack together and it was enough to create a margin on the chasers.

The descent was very slippery, also due to some rain that had fallen; I knew it would be difficult to ride it hard, Conci recovered well and at that point we knew we had to move intelligently on the last hill . It went well, I’m very happy to have got the win."

The 4th (and penultimate) stage will start from Lasko and will be 152.4 km, with the uphill arrival at Velika Planina (7.7 km climb at 7.9%).

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