Rising Stars Egan Bernal, Primoz Roglic and Tadej Podacar
For the first time in a long while there was nothing extracurricular bar the coronavirus, to ruin the cycling season for us fans. No doping scandals, no confessions, just exhilarating and exciting cycling, with some new faces showing that it’s time to turn a page in the cycling books. If like us, you love some action with your races to add that extra bit of excitement, then bonus codes are a must then bonus-code-canada.com has you covered, and you would do well to remember the names of some of these rising stars.
The rise of Egan Bernal has been nothing short of incredible. Busting onto the scene as a mountain biker who could ride on the road, Egan joined Team Androni Giocatello-Sidermec, after impressive runs in the junior road tournaments in his native Colombia, even winning the Clasica Juventudes Cajica in 2015. The teenager showed a lot of potential even at that age, winning the Tour of Bihor, before finishing in the top five of both the Tour de l’Avenir and the Tour de Slovénie. Coupled with a series of other noteworthy finishes, Bernal would go on to win the 2017 Tour de l’Avenir, the Sibu Cycling Your, catching the eye of Team Sky in the process. Starting 2018, he would race as a domestique for Team Sky, being Chris Froome and Thomas Geraint in the Tour de France, but not before impressing in the Tour Down Under, winning the Colombian National time trial Championships, and finishing second in the Volta al Catalunya. 2019 would be the year for Bernal, however, replacing the injured Froome as co-lead and going on to win the Tour de France at just 21 years old and becoming the first Latin American to do so.
With all his cycling success today, it is difficult to think that Roglic was once a ski jumper and only started World Tour cycling in 2016. Transitioning to a rider was not a problem for Roglic, and in his first year on tour, he’d win the Chianti time trial, the ninth stage of the Giro Italia using a spare bike. He would go on to win the Slovenian National Time Trial Championships, and also finish tenth in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In 2018, Roglic would go toe to toe with the big Tour names at the Tour de France, before finishing fourth overall. His stellar rise was rounded up by a 2019 Vuelta
Another name in the Slovenian cycling uprising, Podacar, another all-rounder, became the youngest rider to win a Grand Tour when he clenched the Tour of California at just 20 years old and has not looked back ever since. He would go on to win three stages at the 2019 Vuelta and earn the Young Riders’ jersey, before going on to stun the cycling world in 2020. Expected to be support to teammate Fabio Aru, who eventually checked out in stage nine of the Tour de France, Podacar (Pogi) would go on to take the lead of the UAE Emirates Team and not look back. He became only the second man to win the Tour de France on his first attempt and he is still 21 years old.