Sidestepping the sophomore slump

How Tadej Pogacar's talent was spotted from an early age and developed in to a 21-year-old Tour winner.

Tadej Pogacar
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There's a story that UAE-Team Emirates DS and former Slovenian pro Andrej Hauptmann likes to tell about Tadej Pogacar. Hauptmann had attended a race and caught sight of a young lad trailing half a lap off the back of a pack of riders much older than him.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.