Tadej Pogacar’s crushing victory in the Tour de France did not fail to arouse suspicions. Wrongly according to the UCI president …
Tadej Pogacar left nothing but crumbs. Winner of the first time trial, the Slovenian rider also dominated the debates in the mountains, putting his competitors to death from the first arrival at altitude in Tignes before winning the two queen stages of the Pyrenees. Enough to earn him the best climber’s jersey in addition to the yellow jersey and the white best youngster, the UAE Team Emirates rider still only 22 years old. In the end, the native of won this 108th Grande Boucle with more than five minutes in advance without ever giving the impression of being tired.
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According to his manager, Tadej Pogacar had only one alert, on the roads of Mont Ventoux. Blame it on the heat. But for all that, the new leader of the UCI ranking has never been in danger. A domination that obviously leaves one wondering. And all the more so since his entourage, including Mauro Gianetti, the manager of the UAE team, is dragging his feet in terms of doping. Some followers don’t even hide their skepticism. The fault, in particular, with the precedent Armstrong.
But according to David Lappartient, the president of the UCI, there is no reason to doubt the Slovenian prodigy. “I have the images of Pogacar’s bike and everything is clean according to the results of the X-ray machine (to detect a possible motor), he entrusted to theGuardian. As president of the UCI, I have confidence in the international anti-doping agency of Lausanne UCI. “
The big boss of world cycling nevertheless recognizes half-heartedly that a bad surprise cannot be ruled out. Blame it on the difficulties for the fight against doping to be up to date. “The only limit is the laboratory’s ability to detect certain substances, he indeed added. We have a very strong and robust testing program in cycling for anti-doping and technology fraud, and there is no reason to be in doubt. Zero risk does not exist. “
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