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Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic set for Tour de France rematch

Joe Robinson
18 Jan 2021

The Slovenian duo both set to return to Tour, reigniting yellow jersey rivalry

Tadej Pogacar versus Primoz Roglic at the 2020 Tour de France was one the greatest battles in cycling for years and it seems we are all set for a rematch in 2021.

The much-anticipated replay of last year's yellow jersey battle was set after UAE Team Emirates's Pogacar confirmed he would return to France to defend his title and reports suggest Jumbo-Visma's Roglic would race the Tour as part of a leadership trio with Tom Dumoulin and Steven Kruijswijk.

UAE Team Emirates confirmed that 22-year-old Pogacar would lead the team at the Tour before returning to the Vuelta a Espana, the race in which the Slovenian made his name in 2019, taking three stages and third overall.

Pogacar will form part of a Tour team that also comprises new Swiss teammate Marc Hirschi, another huge success story of last year's French Grand Tour who took an impressive win on Stage 12. Rounding off UAE Team Emirates's leadership at the Tour will be Alexander Kristoff, four-time stage winner and wearer of the first yellow jersey at last year's race.

Pogacar will see his friendly yet fascinating rivalry with Slovenian compatriot Roglic resume as it was reported that the current Vuelta champion would be returning for revenge at this year's Tour as part of his team's leadership trio.

According to Dutch website Wielerflits, Jumbo-Visma has decided upon its Tour team already, looking to aim at yellow jersey success with Dumoulin and Kruijswijk alongside Roglic. 

Wielerflits went further in stating that the rest of the team would include Sepp Kuss, Wout van Aert, Tony Martin, Robert Gesink and Mike Teunissen.

The Dutch team had initially planned on taking the same trio of leaders to last year's Tour, however Kruijswijk was forced to miss the race after crashing at the Criterium du Dauphine just weeks before the Grand Depart.

Eventually, Jumbo-Visma was left with just one leader at the Tour in Roglic as Dumoulin battled severe saddle sores throughout the race, but worked for his teammate throughout.

This solo leadership almost paid off with Roglic wearing the yellow jersey into the penultimate day's time-trial on La Planche des Belle Filles but, now famously, we all know that he fell just short of the overall victory, being beaten by Pogacar in one of the most impressive individual performance in decades.

Beyond the reignition of a Pog-Rog battle at the Tour in July, it is looking likely that 2018 champion Geraint Thomas will return as one of the Ineos Grenadiers team leaders. Meanwhile, question marks hang over 2019 winner and teammate Egan Bernal with reports suggesting the Colombian may target the Giro d'Italia in May.

Other General Classification riders confirmed for the Tour de France so far include Deceuninck-QuickStep's Julian Alaphilippe, Israel Start-Up Nation's Chris Froome, Mikel Landa and Pello Bilbao of Bahrain Victorious and Trek-Segafredo duo Vincenzo Nibali and Bauke Mollema.