Tadej Pogačar crowned Tour de France champion as Slovenia celebrates historic double victory
PARIS, France - Slovenia's rider Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), 21, crossed the finish line of the Tour de France as the winner to round up his superb performance at the world's most prestigious race, a historic feat for Slovenian sport. His older compatriot Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), throughout the race an undisputed favourite, lost to Pogačar after the 21-year-old put on a dramatic turnaround in Saturday's penultimate, time trial stage. "This is incredible, standing here in Paris on the top step of the podium," said Pogačar, draped in the Slovenian flag as his parents watched on. "I never thought I would be here. It's been an amazing three-week adventure."
111 Covid-19 cases confirmed in Slovenia on Saturday, one patient dies
LJUBLJANA - Out of 2,288 tests carried out, 111 came back positive on Saturday, and one patient died, with puts the national death toll at 142, the latest government data showed. The majority of the newly infected persons are from the 25-54 age group, while nine infections were confirmed in people older than 85. There are now 66 Covid-19 patients in hospital, of whom 13 are in intensive care. As many as 1,255 coronavirus cases are active.
Canoeist Savšek and men's team defend European titles
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Slovenia's slalom canoeist Benjamin Savšek defended his European champion title having beaten his rivals in today's C1 final of the European Canoe Slalom Championships, and so did the men's C1 team. This is Savšek's third European title after Pau in 2019 and Markkleeberg in 2015. On Saturday, kayaker Peter Kauzer and the women's canoe team won silver.
IOC boss Bach to visit Slovenia
LJUBLJANA - Two days before a special sport day is observed in Slovenia for the first time, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach will visit the country on Monday to meet politicians, sports officials and athletes, attend a fund raiser and visit the grave of recently deceased sports official Janez Kocijančič. He will be received by President Borut Pahor and PM Janez Janša, and address the press together with the president of the Slovenian Olympic Committee Bogdan Gabrovec. He was last in Slovenia in April 2016.
Minister Jaklitsch meets Slovenians in Germany
MUNICH/STUTTGART, Germany - Minister for Slovenians Abroad Helena Jaklitsch paid a visit to the Slovenian community in Germany this weekend, meeting representatives of a number of associations to discuss their challenges and priorities, the Office for Slovenians Abroad said. She visited several sport and cultural associations in the federal state Bavaria on Saturday and in Baden-Württemberg on Sunday.
Pesticide producer Albaugh improves revenue in 2019
RAČE - The Rače-based pesticide producer Albaugh, known as Primus before passing into US ownership in 2015, increased revenue by EUR 4.5 million to EUR 41.5 million in 2019 and reduced net loss from EUR 1.8 million to EUR under EUR 0.5 million. The chemical company, which has a 100-strong workforce, said in its annual business report that sales were up mostly because of the launch of new products as well as the entry onto new European markets.