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Catalunya Tour: Tadej Pogacar wins the final stage and secures overall victory

Catalunya Tour: Tadej Pogacar wins the final stage and secures overall victory

Pogacar also won the points and mountains classification of the traditional race.

In the final stage, which is 154.3 km long in the Catalan capital, he finished the race ahead of Frenchman Dorian Godon (Decatlon – Ag2r). Pogacar said a fourth win of the day was “actually not the plan, we relied on Marc Soler”. But when his team-mate was unable to escape, the Emirati team captain scored in the final spurt. Until then, Pogacar said, he was “just trying to follow the other wheels and stay in front.”

The seventh and final section once again demanded everything from the riders, as they had to overcome the toxic climb to Montjuïc six times. Georg Steinhauser (EF Education-EasyPost) from Allgäu was in the lead for a long time, but the field intercepted the breakaway on the fifth lap up the local mountain of the city.

Pogacar continued his progress on Saturday with a great solo ride to the end of the mountain in Queralt. On Sunday, he fell behind for a long time, but showed his superiority with short starts in the steep section in front of the mountaintop and left all competitors standing in the final sprint. At the beginning of March, he had already left the competition stunned with a successful 81km solo win at Strade Bianche in Italy.

Even if he only takes third place in the Milan-Sanremo spring classic: Pogacar (25 years old) is busy accumulating kilometers and self-confidence with the aim of achieving his big goal of knocking out his great rival Jonas Vengegaard (Visma-Bike Rental) from the race. Round throne. The Dane is taking a step back, as after the win in Tirreno-Adriatico, he will start the Tour of the Basque Country on April 1.

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