New Sensation: Pogacar Lights Up The Volta Ao Algarve

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)

As the podium ceremonies in Lagoa came to an end after stage 3 of the Volta ao Algarve , Tadej Pogacar dutifully joined stage winner Stefan Küng and points leader Fabio Jakobsen in uncorking the espumante and spraying the crowds below, but it was striking that the Slovenian refrained from bringing the bottle to his lips afterwards, instead holding it almost furtively by his side. Then again, at just 20 years of age, Pogacar is not even of legal drinking age in certain jurisdictions and his youthful bearing surely means that he is still being asked for ID everywhere else. And yet, not even two months into his professional career, Pogacar is on the brink of a prestigious stage race victory against some very elite company. After pouncing for stage victory atop a mist-strewn Alto da Fóia the previous afternoon, Pogacar began the 20.3km time trial in Lagoa on Friday ...

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