SLOVENIA (2021)-Bicycle Race (Tour de France) Heroes Sheet

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With their double victory in this year's Tour de France, Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič recorded the greatest achievement of Slovene cycling to date and triggered a new wave of sporting euphoria in Slovenia.

For three weeks, thanks to these two cycling aces, Slovenia was in the global media spotlight, with journalists from the world's biggest news organisations making the journey to the sunny side of the Alps to film reports in the birthplace of these champions. Meanwhile, a real sporting drama was playing out in France. Primož Roglič had a firm grip on the yellow jersey right up until the penultimate stage, a mountain time trial, but Tadej Pogačar had plans of his own. Roglič rode well, but, with a stunning ride that many have described as one of the finest in recent decades, Pogačar took the lead in the general classification and, the following day, celebrated an extraordinary victory on the Champs-Élysées. A victory that everyone in Slovenia greeted with tears of joy tinged with sorrow, but in the end happiness reigned, along with an understandable pride at having two champions who are both also outstanding human beings.

The initial euphoria has died down, but the echo of their achievement will resound for a long time to come. Cycling clubs across the country are reporting a record jump in the numbers of children and youngsters wanting to join. All of them with the same dream. The dream of becoming the new Primož or Tadej!

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