UAE Team Emirates rider Tadej Pogacar from Slovenia wears the yellow jersey in action during the 20th stage of the Tour de France.
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Tadej Pogacar is almost guaranteed to win the second Tour de France title in a row after finishing the penultimate stage on Saturday unscathed.
Since the last day of the race up to the final spurt on the Champs Elysees was mostly uneventful, the stage 20 time trial was the last serious stage after almost three exhausting weeks.
Given Pogacar’s big lead at the start, it was always unlikely that anyone would knock the 22-year-old Slovenian off his feet.
When Wout van Aert claimed the 30.8 kilometer stage from Libourne to Saint-Emilion for himself, Pogacar played it safe and finished eighth. He will take an insurmountable lead of five minutes and 20 seconds into the final day, a 108.4-kilometer stage from Chatou to Paris.
Pogacar won his first title last September when he became the Tour’s youngest champion in 116 years.