Allan Peiper: 'I've seen a lot of champions come through my ranks but Tadej Pogačar is different'

The UAE Team Emirates DS shares his memories of winning the Tour last year

Tadej Pogačar
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Australian Allan Peiper, the veteran of five Tours de France as a rider, is the principal sports director with UAE Team Emirates. Having previously worked with HTC Columbia, Garmin and BMC, there are few more qualified practitioners in the sport. In 2019 he took time away from the sport as he was battling through chemotherapy, after a second recurrence of prostate cancer. His stewardship of the prodigiously talented Tadej Pogačar – and the meticulous preparation he devoted to the decisive day of racing at the 2020 Tour de France – produced a historic stage that will be talked about for decades to come.

Peiper wrote about his experience of winning last year's Tour for the 2020 edition of The Road Book. Cycling Weekly readers can get 20% off the 2020 book, or 10% off the complete collection, along with some extra goodies thrown in, by using code RBTDF21 at checkout. The link to purchase is here. See below for full details.

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