Tour de France champion Pogacar commits to UAE Team Emirates until 2026

By Sports Desk March 02, 2021

Reigning Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar has signed a contract extension to stay at UAE Team Emirates until 2026.

The 22-year-old, then 21, became the youngest Tour winner in 116 years with a thrilling triumph in September, overhauling fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic in the individual time trial in the penultimate day of the race.

And Pogacar will continue to ride for UAE Team Emirates after committing his future to the outfit.

The deal was announced after Pogacar claimed his first victory of the season at the UAE Tour.

"I feel at home in this team – there is a special atmosphere between the management, riders and staff and it's a good environment to be in," he said.

"The team shows a lot of trust and confidence in me, which I am thankful for, and I work hard to show that when I'm racing alongside my team-mates.

"I hope we can have many more successful seasons together in the years ahead."

Related items

  • Tokyo Olympics: Hosts Japan top of medal table after stunning table tennis triumph Tokyo Olympics: Hosts Japan top of medal table after stunning table tennis triumph

    Another superb day for Japan saw the host nation surge to the top of the medal table at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Monday.

    Japan now have eight golds after winning Olympic titles in three different sports, the most unexpected of which came in table tennis.

    The mixed doubles team of Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito came from two games down to eventually prevail after seven games against China's Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen.

    China won all four table tennis titles at Rio 2016 and had been expected to dominate again, only to come unstuck as Japan won the first gold in this new event.

    Further joy for Japan came as 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya triumphed in the women's street skateboarding while Shohei Ono was victorious in the men's 73kg category in judo.

    Second behind Japan are the United States, who took two shooting golds on day three as well as the men's 4x100m freestyle title in the pool.

    China did not add to their tally of six gold medals, one fewer than the USA, having come up short in another event where they had a team of heavy favourites.

    Cao Yuan and Chen Aisen were edged out in the men's 10m synchronised platform, with British divers Tom Daley and Matty Lee winning gold.

    That was one of three golds for Great Britain, who moved up to fifth in the medal table thanks also to Adam Peaty retaining his 100m breaststroke title and Tom Pidcock dominating in the men's cross-country mountain bike race.

    The Russian Olympic Committee sits fourth after adding three golds, the headliner being victory in the men's artistic gymnastics team all-around final. 

    Meanwhile, Hidilyn Diaz made history for the Philippines, become the country's first Olympic gold medallist by prevailing in the women's 55kg weightlifting.

     

  • Tokyo Olympics: Kiesenhofer storms to cycling gold, Van Vleuten 'gutted' after celebrating win Tokyo Olympics: Kiesenhofer storms to cycling gold, Van Vleuten 'gutted' after celebrating win

    Anna Kiesenhofer produced a stunning ride to win gold in the women's cycling road race, with the result certainly taking second-placed Annemiek van Vleuten by surprise.

    Kiesenhofer was part of a five-strong breakaway group that immediately moved clear before slowly dropping each of her rivals during the 137-kilometre route that concluded at the Fuji International Speedway track.

    The Austrian was all alone at the head of the field with around 40km to go and, with other nations unable to organise a pursuit with team radios not in use, she ended up finishing 75 seconds clear.

    "It feels incredible. I couldn't believe it," Kiesenhofer said after claiming the biggest victory of her career to date.

    "Even when I crossed the line, it was like, 'Is it done now? Do I have to continue riding?' Incredible."

    Such was the huge gap, Van Vleuten initially thought she was victorious when crossing the line, only to be quickly informed that was not actually the case.

    "Yes, I thought I had won. I'm gutted about this, of course," she confirmed to the media afterwards.

    "At first I felt really stupid, but then the others (her team-mates) also did not know who had won."

    Still, Van Vleuten can celebrate securing an Olympic medal five years on from the horrific crash when leading the race at the Rio Games.

    At the head of the field with 10km remaining, she came off her bike during the final descent, suffering severe concussion and small fractures to her back.

    Elisa Longo Borghini claimed the final place on the podium this time around, securing a bronze medal in the road race for a second successive Olympics.

    The Italian finished ahead of Lotte Kopecky of Belgium and Marianne Vos, the Dutch rider who triumphed at London 2012.

  • Tokyo Olympics: What to look out for on Sunday Tokyo Olympics: What to look out for on Sunday

    The first Olympic skateboarding champion will be crowned on day two of the Tokyo Games.

    Ariake Urban Sports Park will be the venue for the first skateboarding action in Olympic history on Sunday.

    Elsewhere, it will be the turn of the women to contest the cycling road race after Richard Carapaz produced a brilliant ride to take gold for Ecuador on Saturday.

    Stats Perform picks out of some of the standout action to look out for at the end of the opening weekend of competition.

    HUSTON FAVOURITE TO MAKE SKATEBOARDING HISTORY

    The men's street will be the first skateboarding event, with four heats followed by a final at 12:25 local time.

    Nyjah Huston of the United States is the favourite to top the podium, with 16 street skateboarding medals to his name in the X Games.

    Tokyo-born Yuto Origome won gold at the World Street Championships in Rome this year and it would be a great story if he can follow that up with an Olympic triumph on home soil.

    Skateboarding great Tony Hawk said on Saturday of the sport's introduction: "I'm surprised it took this long for them to figure it out.

    "I believe they needed a youthful energy to the summer Games and it's overdue."

    DUTCH DUO UNPRECEDENTED DOUBLE

    Anna van der Breggen and Marianne Vos have already won Olympic gold medals and they will go in search of a second in the women's road race.

    No female cyclist has won the event twice, but the 2012 champion Vos and defending champion Van der Breggen will start the course at Musashinonomori Park looking to achieve that feat.

    EYES ON THE POOL – AND ON THE BEACH

    The first swimming medals of the Games will be handed out on Sunday following Saturday's heats.

    There is an open field in the men's 400 metre medley final – the first event of the day – after home favourite Daiya Seto failed to qualify.

    The women's event does feature Hungary's Katinka Hosszu, though, as she aims to protect her 2016 gold, won with a world-record time that stands to this day.

    Meanwhile, Australia will take to the pool confident of another gold in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay final, boasting the title, the world record and by far the best qualifying time.

    A new water sport should garner some attention, though, as surfing makes its Olympics bow.

    Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach – preferred to a wave pool – plays host for the first and second rounds on Sunday.

    Reigning world champions Italo Ferreira and Carissa Moore will hope it is a debut to remember.

    USA TO GET ON THE BOARD?

    While China are sitting pretty already with four medals, the United States will hope not to have to wait too much longer for their first.

    Not since Munich 1972 had they ended the first day of the Games without a medal as was the case on Saturday.

    The basketball medals are a long way off being handed out, but plenty of American focus will be on Team USA's opener against France.

    Preparations for Kevin Durant and Co have not been ideal and Les Bleus beat USA at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.