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There Are 13 Riders We Can't Wait to Watch at the 2021 Tour de France

Bicycling Logo By Whit Yost of Bicycling | Slide 2 of 11: The reigning Tour de France champion, Tadej Pogačar comes into this year’s race as the overall favorite. And for good reason: the 22-year-old has won almost every race he’s entered so far this season, including the UAE Tour, Tirreno Adriatico, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Like many riders this year, the Slovenian took a break from racing in order to prepare for the Tour, but came back just in time to dominate the Tour of Slovenia. Seemingly unstoppable, his only weakness might be the fact that he won’t surprise anyone this year. Riding his first Tour de France at only 21-years-old last year, he wasn’t considered a favorite to win the race overall, and thus was given a bit too much freedom during the first half of the race. The competition will do him no such favors this year, but luckily his team has added a few reinforcements to help, including Marc Hirschi, who won a stage last year, and Rafał Majka, a two-time winner of the Tour’s King of the Mountains competition.[The Greatest Moments in Tour de France History]

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)

The reigning Tour de France champion, Tadej Pogačar comes into this year’s race as the overall favorite. And for good reason: the 22-year-old has won almost every race he’s entered so far this season, including the UAE Tour, Tirreno Adriatico, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Like many riders this year, the Slovenian took a break from racing in order to prepare for the Tour, but came back just in time to dominate the Tour of Slovenia.

Seemingly unstoppable, his only weakness might be the fact that he won’t surprise anyone this year. Riding his first Tour de France at only 21-years-old last year, he wasn’t considered a favorite to win the race overall, and thus was given a bit too much freedom during the first half of the race. The competition will do him no such favors this year, but luckily his team has added a few reinforcements to help, including Marc Hirschi, who won a stage last year, and Rafał Majka, a two-time winner of the Tour’s King of the Mountains competition.[The Greatest Moments in Tour de France History]

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