Tadej Pogačar will defend title at Tour de France 2021 before taking on Vuelta a España

Marc Hirschi will also represent UAE Team Emirates at this year's French Grand Tour

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Tadej Pogačar will defend his Tour de France yellow jersey this summer, UAE Team Emirates have confirmed, as they announce which of their squad members will headline each Grand Tour this season.

Twenty-two-year-old Pogačar will then go on to tackle the 2021 Vuelta a España, the Spanish stage race being where he made his Grand Tour debut, catching the attention of the cycling world as he won three stages and finished third overall.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.