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Sunday, July 18, 2021
Sportsman of the Week Ending 7/18/2021
What a three weeks on the roads and mountains of France, as cycling's greatest event unfolded over an amazing backdrop. A year after being postponed until fall, the Tour de France went back to its original schedule and put some normalcy back to cycling. But the more things change, the more they stay the same. 2020 surprise winner (and prior Sportsman of the Week) left a lot less drama in this years tour, dominating from the first week through the parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris to win back-to-back tours. Slovenian Tadej Pogacar was a man among boys despite only being 22 years old. A rare talent of unmatched climbing skills with ability to time trial and burst on a sprint stage with steel nerves makes it seem as if he may not lose for several years. Several. He won Stage 5 (time trial), took the Maillot Jaune on Stage 8, then won Stages 17 and 18 in the Pyrenees to make it easy. There was no other rival. He was a champion this year and will be a champion in years to come. Our Sportsman of the Week!