STA, 19 June 2022 - Slovenia's star rider Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) has won the 28th Tour of Slovenia to defend the champion title from last year. He won the last stage on Sunday between Vrhnika, central Slovenia, and Novo Mesto, SE, after crossing the finish line together with compatriot Matej Mohorič (Bahrain-Victorious).
Pogačar, 23, a two-time Tour of France winner, finished the race three seconds ahead of Pole and his teammate Rafal Majka on aggregate.
His second Tour of Slovenia victory makes him one of the five racers that have won the Slovenian road race more than once - Italian Diego Ulissi (2011, 2019) as well as Slovenians Primož Roglič (2015, 2018), Jure Golčer (2006, 2008) and Mitja Mahorič (2003, 2004).
After managing all the pitfalls on the 155.7km route to the traditional finish in the city of Novo Mesto, including Trška Gora hill (2km/9%), he was also the best in the finishing sprint alongside Mohorič and Majka. Both Slovenians sprinted hard, but Pogačar was stronger and put on a green jersey.
Winners of Tour of Slovenia
1993 Boris Premužič (Slo) 1994 Tobias Steinhauser (Ger) 1995 Valter Bonča (Slo) 1996 Lorenzo di Silverstro (Ita) 1997 / 1998 Branko Filip (Slo) 1999 Tim Jones (Zim) 2000 Martin Derganc (Slo) 2001 Faat Zakirov (Rus) 2002 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) 2003 Mitja Mahorič (Slo) 2004 Mitja Mahorič (Slo) 2005 Przemyslav Niemiec (Pol) 2006 Jure Golčer (Slo) 2007 Tomaž Nose (Slo) 2008 Jure Golčer (Slo 2009 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) 2010 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) 2011 Diego Ulissi (Ita) 2012 Jani Brajkovič (Slo) 2013 Radoslav Rogina (Cro) 2014 Tiago Machado (Por) 2015 Primož Roglič (Slo) 2016 Rein Taaramäe (Est) 2017 Rafal Majka (Pol) 2018 Primož Roglič (Slo) 2019 Diego Ulissi (Ita) 2020 / 2021 Tadej Pogačar (Slo) 2022 Tadej Pogačar (Slo) - several-time winners: - 2 victories: Diego Ulissi (Ita), Primož Roglič, Jure Golčer, Mitja Mahorič, Tadej Pogačar (Slo).