The Slovenia Times

Pogačar wins Flanders for Monuments glory

Tadej Pogačar at a race in Slovenia in 2022. Photo: Nik Kranjec/STA

Slovenian rider Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) won the Tour of Flanders on 2 April, his fourth victory at long one-day races known as Monuments.

The two-time Tour de France winner won the race with a solo attack in the last twenty kilometres on the 274-kilometre race to finish 17 seconds ahead of last year's winner Mathieu van der Poel.

"It's a day I will never forget," said Pogačar. "I almost cracked on the last climb but but I knew it was going to be tough. It was the only way to go to the finish," he said.

This is his fourth victory at a one-day classic, having won Giro di Lombardia twice (2021 and 2022) and the Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 2021.

As one-day classics go, Pogačar now has the most victories among active cyclists and there are only two Monuments left that he has not won yet.

"Milan-SanRemo looks like the hardest to go and get, and I might need to put on some weight to win (Paris) Roubaix," he said, referring to the remaining two races.


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