Left-wing politician Hansel warns of electoral fraud in Bolivia (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

Heike Hänsel, deputy chairman of parliamentary group Die Linke in the Bundestag, commented on Monday the election result in Bolivia in a press release
After the presidential elections in Bolivia, the EU, which is on site with an election observation delegation, and the federal government must press for a transparent and clean counting process. Because while several post-election surveys unanimously see the left-wing candidate Luis Arce in the lead, the work of the electoral authority is slow and non-transparent.

This non-transparent process increases the risk of electoral fraud, especially since the opposition candidate of the MAS (the party Movement to Socialism, jW) is clearly in the lead according to the private surveys by Tu Voto Cuenta, Ciesmori and Fundación Jubileo. At the same time, actors in the coup government, above all the so-called Interior Minister Arturo Murillo, apparently want to stir up violence in order to prevent a return to democracy with the help of the army and police.

For the free and fair elections in Bolivia called for by the federal government, a transparent counting process is indispensable; international pressure is now deciding whether this will also be complied with by the de facto government and the authorities it has newly appointed.

The organization Rote Hilfe e. V. drew attention to the case of a Kurd threatened with extradition to Turkey on Monday:

Osman Aslan has been in extradition custody in Slovenia since June of this year. He was arrested by police officers on the basis of a “Red Notice” entry with Interpol. The Turkish regime uses this often controversial instrument to be able to harass opposition members who have fled Turkey years and decades later in exile.

Osman Aslan lives with his family in Bergkamen (North Rhine-Westphalia). The 50 year old Kurd has a permanent residence permit. This threatens to expire because he has been in Slovenian detention for over six months. Since his court hearing on July 30th, he has had to wait for a Slovenian court to examine the documents and for him to finally be able to return to Germany.

This is not the first case in which the Slovenian authorities have delayed such a process for months. Last year, Ismet Kilic from Duisburg was arrested and detained at the border. It was only after 80 days and massive protests in the FRG and Slovenia that the family, members of parliament from various parties and human rights organizations, succeeded in saving the persecuted unionist from extradition.

Anja Sommerfeld, member of the federal board of the Red Aid e. V .: “Hardly a day goes by without reports of repression against opposition members and refugees from Turkey, even across the European Union. Again we are dealing with a procedure in which the regime in Ankara exploited the means of the Interpol manhunt to pursue and arrest politically dissenters. Mr. Osman Aslan has lived in Germany as a political refugee since 1994 and has a regular residence. The responsible authorities in both countries must deal with the matter immediately. A deportation of Mr Aslan to Turkey must be prevented, as he is threatened with political persecution and imprisonment there. He must be released from custody immediately and be able to return to Germany. “


Wales reconfines, curfew in Slovenia: European countries react to second wave

New European nations are taking drastic measures to contain the pandemic.

By Writing with Belga and AFP

LWales on Monday declared a two-week lockdown in an attempt to break the second wave of the new coronavirus, taking the toughest measures in a UK which tackles the issue in a scattered order. Confined in a block on March 23 during the first wave, the country most bereaved in Europe by the pandemic (more than 43,000 dead) reacts to the resurgence in a localized way for the second, sometimes at the mercy of tensions between London and communities and local governments.

From Friday, the more than three million inhabitants of the British province will have to “stay at home”, announced Monday the Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford. The duration of this “firewall” is the shortest that can be introduced to be effective, he said at a press conference, stressing that intensive care units are currently “already full”.

All non-essential businesses will have to close, leading to a situation comparable to the lockdown introduced in the UK seven months ago, which was gradually lifted before the summer. Main difference: primary and some secondary classes will resume the second week of this confinement, the first corresponding to school holidays.

Curfew in Slovenia

The Slovenian government for its part announced on Monday the entry into force of a curfew from Tuesday, in an attempt to stem the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The two million inhabitants of this member country of the European Union will not be allowed to go out between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., except for strictly necessary travel, according to a decree adopted on Monday by the government. Gatherings will also be limited to 6 people against 10 previously and all travel between the 12 regions of the country banned. The restrictions also affect schools: since Monday, only elementary-level students are allowed to go to class, the oldest having to take online courses.

Slovenia, which had succeeded in limiting contamination in the spring, is this time overwhelmed: the number of infections has doubled in one week and the capacity of hospitals is no longer sufficient to accommodate all patients. Health authorities have been forced to stop tracing contacts of infected people for lack of sufficient staff. In total, 190 deaths and more than 13,500 cases have been recorded since the emergence of the pandemic, according to official statistics.


Corona, numbers and data: 53,000 new infections in the USA, 30,000 in France – record values ​​in Europe

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53,000 new infections in the US, 30,000 in France – record levels in Europe

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Europe is rushing into a state of emergency

The number of infections is rising significantly not only in Germany, but also in neighboring countries. Many states have therefore drastically tightened the corona rules again. The EU summit in Brussels was all about the pandemic.

Spain has long been superseded as Europe’s hotspot: the Czech Republic, Belgium and the Netherlands have long reported the highest numbers of infections by a large margin. The numbers from Germany also continue to cause concern. An overview in graphics and numbers.

Dhe Corona situation in Europe is getting worse. More and more countries are reporting record numbers of new infections. In Germany, the reports from the health authorities on Saturday remained, as expected, below the record values ​​that the Robert Koch Institute had reported in the past few days. Nevertheless, RKI reported early Sunday morning 5587 New infections an extraordinarily high number compared to the 3483 infections last Sunday.

The number of new infections reached 7830 for the third time in a row on Saturday. In its situation report from Saturday evening, the RKI points out that now more than half of all counties have an increased spread of the coronavirus of more than 25 detected infections per week and 100,000 inhabitants.

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Since the beginning of the Corona crisis, according to the RKI, at least 361.974 People in Germany have been proven to be infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus (as of October 18, 12:00 am). The number of deaths in connection with a corona infection was therefore 9777. That was ten more than the previous day. The RKI estimates that there are around 291,900 recovered.

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The reproduction number, in short R value, was included in Germany according to the RKI situation report on Sunday 1,44 (Previous day: 1.40). This means that an infected person infects just under 1.3 other people on average. The R-value depicts the infection rate about one and a half weeks beforehand. In addition, the RKI gives the so-called seven-day R with 1.35 in its current management report. The value relates to a longer period and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations.

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In Europe several countries reported record levels of new infections. France reported almost 30,000 new infections on Sunday. The cases are over 29.837 The Ministry of Health announced that it has risen to a total of 897,034. Another 85 people died from or with the virus. The total death toll in France is 33,477.

When the 10,000 mark was exceeded for the first time, the number of new corona infections in Czech Republic reached a record high. In the EU country were on Friday 11.105 positive tests recorded within 24 hours, according to data from health officials on Saturday. That was the highest recorded value on a day since the beginning of the pandemic. The previous high of almost 9700 new infections had been registered the day before. In the Czech Republic, more tests were recently carried out, after the positive rate was previously 14 percent. The country has a total of almost 10.7 million inhabitants so far 160.112 confirmed infections and 1283 Coronavirus-related deaths. In Prague, a field hospital is now being built on the exhibition grounds in order to be able to care for additional patients in the event that the hospitals are overloaded.

In relation to its inhabitants, the Czech Republic is by far the EU country most severely hit by the virus. According to the EU authority ECDC on Sunday, the 14-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants was 828.4. Also badly hit in Europe Belgium (proportionately 700.8 new infections in 14 days) and the Netherlands (509.5). Follow only afterwards France (388,8), Great Britain (338,2), Slovenia (327,5), Island (325.4) and Spain (312,4).

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Slovenia has now announced that it will give up contact tracking in view of the high number of new infections. Also reports record values Poland. Arrived within 24 hours 9622 Cases added, as emerged from data from the Ministry of Health on Saturday. That was the highest recorded value on a day since the beginning of the pandemic. On Thursday, the ministry announced that the number of new infections registered daily had exceeded the 8,000 mark for the first time. Overall, Poland recorded so far 167.230 confirmed infections and 3524 Coronavirus-related deaths. The country has around 38 million inhabitants.

In the EU and its most important European partner countries, more than 200,000 people have now died in connection with Covid-19 disease. As the ECDC figures showed, there have been just under 4.8 million confirmed corona infections in the European Economic Area (EEA) including Great Britain 200.587 reported Deaths. Most of the deaths were recorded in the United Kingdom (43,579), Italy (36,474), Spain (33,775), France (33,392), Belgium (10,392) and Germany (9777).

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Worldwide there is according to Johns Hopkins University at least 39.67 million People infected with Covid-19 (as of October 18, 09:20 a.m.). Thereof 1.109.838 People died from the virus.

The USA vrecord according to the CDC disease protection authority now more than eight million Coronavirus infections. On Sunday were 53,157 new infections reported. The number of dead rises by 593 218.511.

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Nine US states have highs in new infections. Wisconsin reported about 3747 confirmed cases within 24 hours. In some areas of the state, according to the authorities, only ten percent of the intensive care beds in clinics are free. “We are at a very critical point,” explains Governor Tony Evers.

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A 2020 Tour de France dominated by Slovenia and Colombia

The French atomized, the Italians scattered, the Belgians overwhelmed. These three nations, totaling 54 victories out of the 106 completed Tours de France, have not been at the party since the start of the Tour de France. Among the great traditional cycling nations, only Spain saves the honor, far from the Colombian and Slovenian headliners who are fighting for the first places in the general classification.

With five participants – including one of the main favorites, Primoz Roglic, and a closely watched youngster, Tadej Pogacar – Slovenia was well represented at the start from Nice. But neither Roglic nor Pogacar then seemed able to crush the competition as they have been doing for two weeks.

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This did not fail to unleash the enthusiasm of the supporters. “In recent days, we’ve seen lots of flags on the side of the road, it’s crazy, said the yellow jersey on the evening of the Loze stage. It gives extra strength. I don’t know what’s going on in the country, but I hope they enjoy it. “

The yellow jersey firmly attached to Slovenian shoulders

Last year, it was the yellow blue blood red flags that had arisen, saluting the exploits of the Colombian, Egan Bernal. But the young prodigy is not able to double the bet this year, eliminated by a mysterious back pain. Mourning a nation where “Cycling is one of the rare points of agreement in a divided country”, according to Emmanuel Hubert, boss of the Arkea-Samsic training which has three Colombians in its ranks.

Miguel Angel Lopez on the revival for Colombia

Bernal out of service and Nairo Quintana handicapped by a nasty elbow injury, the Colombian banner has lost its splendor. It is worn by Rigoberto Uran, 33, a regular in the Top 10 in the big towers and by Miguel Angel Lopez, 26, also subscribed to the rolls of honor. Son of a very poor family, this pure product of the work of Colombian detectors, who crisscross the country in search of new nuggets, has however taken a further step after winning the formidable stage of the Loze pass, this Wednesday, September 16. .

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If we can speak of a Colombian school, with a strong federation founded in the 1930s, Slovenia is a newcomer in the field of cycling. The national sports are rather basketball, handball and above all and skiing, in all its forms: jumping, alpine, Nordic… It is moreover thanks to images of a spectacular fall that Primoz Roglic, then a jumper in skiing in the national team, had made its entry on YouTube.

With its 2 million inhabitants, including 1,600 licensed, ten times less than the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes regional league alone, Slovenia has only two professional Continental-level teams (2e division). Colombia is much more provided in terms of clubs and teams, but struggles to impose high level events in the international calendar, mainly due to its geographical location.

However, these two nations come together in an inglorious field, that of doping, where they collect suspensions from professional riders. In this sad exercise, none of the big names of the 2020 Tour, whether Slovenian or Colombian, has ever been mentioned.



→ Stage classification of the day: The complete classification of stage 19 of the Tour de France 2020

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Roglic-Pogacar, two Slovenians at the top

“The story of Roglic and his famous phone call, we tell it several times a week in one form or another on the air. It has become a kind of fairy tale with us ”, explains Polona Bertoncelj, reporter on the Tour de France for RTV, the Slovenian public television.

Primoz Roglic has to pay for his bike

The story is indeed beautiful. It begins with a phone call from a ski jumper who has just retired from the national team, having decided to exchange his skis for a bike at 22. On the other end of the phone, the correspondent’s name is Andrej Hauptman and he is a coach of one of the main Slovenian clubs, where the young man is claiming a place.

Rejected of course, but with a consolation ticket in the form of an impossible condition: the young Roglic, since it is about him, is well authorized to line up in certain minor races under the colors of the club, to condition of buying a bike and paying for your own trips … The equivalent of 5,000 € per year.

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The rest is known, since the future yellow jersey of the Tour de France will collect the sum, will take roustes during two years in the local races, before learning the bases of this new profession very different from that of springboard jumper: it is necessary learn to ride in a peloton, to feed in the race, to rub in a final. From fall to fall, he ended up standing out from the crowd, to the point of turning pro and winning a stage in the Tour of Italy in 2016. Finally justifying the hopes that he alone had for his future.

This stubborn and lonely course largely explains its behavior during the race. He’s just smiling after a win and stingy with comments in front of the cameras. “He’s a guy who has learned to calculate everything, including the energy spent in the rare interviews he gives”, explica la journalististe Polona Bertoncelj.

This does not bother this Slovenian family they met Thursday, September 17 at the top of the Col des Saisies, all dressed in yellow. “In Slovenia, he is popular because of his difficult course, he had to give up his ambitions in ski jumping, because of a very serious fall, for him the bike was a question of survival”, said the father.

The fairies of cycling leaning over the young Pogacar

Quite the opposite of Tadej Pogacar, who was born with a silver bicycle in his cradle. Not that his family is very rich, but he has hardly had to make an effort to join the high level. Just respond favorably to an advertisement and a roller stress test organized by the Federation’s recruiting officers before being admitted into the federal fold. He was immediately followed by the best technicians, including the famous Andrej Hauptmann, who told a completely different story about him in “The Team” a few days ago: “When he won his first race in 2014, at age 13, I called my wife and said to her: we have a champion! “

The prognosis has never wavered. The gifted youngster was national junior champion in the chrono in 2016, then national champion hope on the road, before winning the Tour de l’Avenir in 2018. On his momentum, he joined the peloton of the pros, moved to Monaco like the greats. and imposes its mark on major races from its first season. In 2019, he won the Tour of the Algarve, the Tour of California and removed three mountain stages of the Tour of Spain 2019, won by Primoz Roglic.

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As much as one is calm and measured, the other willingly leaves with a clear sword, faithful to a tactic requiring a good dose of confidence. “As soon as I can I attack. What do I have to lose as long as I give my best? Somehow, the result does not matter ”, he said on the evening of his stage victory on September 6 at Laruns, in the Pyrenees.

He had supplanted his elder on the finish line who had donned the yellow jersey on September 6. Glory day for two very different Slovenians, both cut out to dominate world cycling in the near future. But each in their own way.



→ The results of the day: The complete classification of the 18e stage of the Tour de France 2020

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Brussels sounds the alert on the rule of law in the EU

In an unpublished report, Hungary and Poland are again pinned. But they are far from the only ones.

The Vice-President of the European Commission Vera Jourova and the European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders during their press conference yesterday in Brussels.
The Vice-President of the European Commission Vera Jourova and the European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders during their press conference yesterday in Brussels. OLIVIER HOSLET / AFP

Correspondent in Brussels

Will the rule of law be the surprise guest of the meeting of the Twenty-Seven which begins this Thursday in Brussels? Tensions around the issue – flammable if there ever was one – of respect for fundamental democratic standards have, in any case, increased a notch in recent days within the bloc, to the point of becoming a drag, as well for the German EU Presidency than for the Commission. And probably soon for the Twenty-Seven.

Indeed, the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, as well as his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, did not waver in the face of criticism and threats from the EU against their country. And, one like the other, will undoubtedly display a shadowy expression when they arrive at the European Council at the beginning of the afternoon to attend this crucial summit where the burning Turkish and Belarusian issues are however a priority. “There is no formal point on the rule of law but it will definitely be a subject, worries a diplomat

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the exceptional coronation of the young Slovenian prodigy Tadej Pogacar

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After his demonstration on the time trial on Saturday, Slovenian Tadej Pogacar officially won the Tour de France 2020 at the end of the 21st and final stage, Sunday, September 20. At the dawn of his 22 years, he is the youngest winner of the Grande Boucle since 1904. And like the great Eddy Merckx in 1972, he offers himself three jerseys, including of course the yellow jersey.

This Tour de France 2020 will be remembered for several reasons. There is already this context of the coronavirus pandemic, which has prompted the organizer to postpone this edition by two months and to introduce strict health measures for all. And then, this Grande Boucle will be remembered for its breathtaking final, which sees Tadej Pogacar winning this Sunday, September 20 on the Champs-Élysées.

The winner of the 21st and final stage, between Mantes-la-Jolie and Paris, is called Sam Bennett, stronger in the final sprint. But on the road to the capital, all eyes were on the UAE Team Emirates prodigy. All dressed in yellow, Tadej Pogacar savored the fruit of his feat achieved on Saturday.

The incredible feat of the penultimate stage

After the victory of Egan Bernal in 2019 (the Colombian, behind and in poor shape, gave up before the 17th stage this year), the yellow jersey seemed promised to another Slovenian: Primoz Roglic. Well installed in the lead and supported by his Jumbo-Visma team, the former ski jumper has been leading the way since the 9th stage. But on Saturday, on the last time trial, the leader exploded against the feat of his compatriot Tadej Pogacar.

Exceptional, the native of Komenda engulfed everyone during the penultimate stage. Second in the general classification with 57 seconds behind Roglic, Pogacar closed this gap to take the lead and push the now ex-leader 59 seconds behind him at the end of the race. A completely crazy scenario, worthy of the Greg LeMond-Laurent Fignon duel on the last day of the Tour de France 1989. Livid, annoyed, Primoz Roglic could not do anything and recognized the superiority of his young rival: ” Tadej was much better than me. (…) He deserves his victory, congratulations to him. »

Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, September 20, 2020, the day of his victory in the Tour de France. Benoît Tessier / Reuters

“I’m just a kid from Slovenia”

For Tadej Pogacar, it is a ” absolute dream Which materializes. For his first participation in the Tour de France, the Slovenian wins. The world of cycling is perhaps witnessing the birth of a phenomenon. A monster of precocity, the young man, winner of three stages, enters the history of the Tour. Monday September 21, he will celebrate his 22nd birthday. Winner at 21 years and 364 days, he is the youngest winner of the post-war period, almost making us forget the Egan Bernal show last year (winner at 22 years and 196 days). Only one man did better than Tadej Pogacar: the French Henri Cornet, crowned ten days before his 20th birthday… in 1904!

« Things will change, but I want to stay the same, train and run with the same mindset. We have to keep up the good work of the team, stay humble and continue to give our best in the next races. I’m just a kid from Slovenia with two sisters and a brother. I like to have fun, appreciate life in its little things », Declared Tadej Pogacar on Saturday at a press conference. A simplicity and timidity that stand out with his exceptional Tour de France 2020.

Slovenian Tadej Pogacar celebrates his victory in the Tour de France 2020 on September 20, 2020.
Slovenian Tadej Pogacar celebrates his victory in the Tour de France 2020 on September 20, 2020. Benoît Tessier / Reuters

He equals Eddy Merckx, who describes him as “a very big one”

Because Tadej Pogacar will not return to Slovenia with the yellow jersey only. The champion also won the best climber’s red polka-dot jersey and the best youngster’s white jersey (the green jersey for the points classification winner goes to Irishman Sam Bennett). Three out of four jerseys is unheard of since 1969 and Eddy Merckx (yellow jersey, polka dot jersey and green jersey).

In the columns of The team, the Belgian “Cannibal” has scratched the discomfiture of the Jumbo-Visma team and above all entrusted all the good he thinks of Tadej Pogacar, whom he saw ” come as big as a house »His feat achieved on the time trial. ” Since his third place in the Tour of Spain last year, I know it’s a very big one. You can’t do such numbers on a Grand Tour from three weeks to 20 years old without having the talent that goes with it. », Assures Merckx. The future looks bright for Slovenian cycling, led by a little prodigy by the name of Tadej Pogacar.


Pogacar, Doncic, Oblak … the Slovenian secret is in the school

Monday, September 21, 2020 – 08:30

The Slovenians explain that the surprising triumph of their athletes lies in a determined commitment to sport from school age

Tina Maze, Doncic y Oblak

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    The plan that Tadej Pogacar did not follow to win the Tour de France

But where do these Slovenians come from, what is their secret? The fantastic duel between Pogacar and Roglic on the Tour, he has put a small country into orbit that surprises with the impact of an extraordinary generation of athletes. The new dominant cycling couple shares the limelight with other compatriots who have gone beyond the local sphere to become planetary idols. Luka Doncic breaks records in the NBA, the basketball team is noted in Europe (champion in 2017), Jan Oblak contest for the scepter of the best goalkeeper in the world … In Ljubljana they boast of being the capital of the country with the most Olympic medals per inhabitant. Slovenia, with a population of two million people and an extension similar to the Valencian Community, totals 40 metals and that its participation in the Games is recent, since 1992, because before it was under the flag of Yugoslavia.

Nothing is accidental, nor the result of a spontaneous generation, but rather the consequence of educational work carried out from the base, from the same school, maintain those responsible for the country’s Ministry of Sports. In Slovenia we invest a lot in sports for children and young people, we have a good network of public sports facilities and we have improved the professional work area in sports, they justify from the political field.

Sport is a good of common interest and the State systematically guarantees the conditions for its development. We work for the entire population, regardless of the social and economic situation of the citizen. Sport acquires great importance in the educational system, they explain, while taking pride in the impact obtained during the last three weeks at the Tour de France. Before, the Slovenians vibrated with the volleyball teams, twice runner-up in Europe, handball and ice hockey, with Tina Maze, double Olympic ski champion, and Petra Majdic, cross-country skier, bronze at the 2010 Games.

Planning from the offices is important, but the individual talent of the athletes (Pogacar and Doncic) and the idiosyncrasy of a country that treasures the competitive spirit of Yugoslavia, the Croatian impudence, the Italian cunning and Austrian discipline. A good scouting job is also essential. The class is there and you just have to know how to channel it, as it did Josean Fernndez Matxin with Pogacar. The Spanish coach discovered the boy in a youth race and since then he has not separated from him. For the technician, virtue is born out of necessity, because Slovenia is a small country and the kids have to wake up soon: Slovenia lacks important races and its cyclists have to emigrate to Italy or Austria to compete. Tadej is smart, brave and a fast learner. Since he was little he has been away from home and that has made him mature early, so he is ahead.

Matxin’s arguments for sacrifice, dedication, and precocity are similar to those made by Andrej Kracman, the goalkeeping coach for Olimpia Ljubljana, where Oblak made his debut at just 16 years old: Jan is not afraid. He is truly a workaholic. The team coach, Jani pate, added in the professional beginnings of the goalkeeper: I was surprised by his maturity. Despite the fact that he was extremely young when he played in the Olimpia first team, he was always eager to listen and follow the instructions we gave him.

Maturity and precocity like those that distinguish Doncic, who has constantly amazed him since his arrival in Madrid. At 16, he became the youngest Real Madrid player to make his ACB debut. The first ball he touched made it a triple. A phenomenon that already falls in love with the NBA.

The Slovenian journalist Miha Hocevar He explained after the conclusion of the last Tour of Spain that the secret is not in any strange place, but in an enormous facility to learn and assimilate concepts. We have already seen what Pogacar has been able to do in just a couple of years, but Roglic also reached the elite quickly, after leaving the ski; in just six years he has fought the best. He is ambitious and says he never repeats mistakes. He gave up ski jumping because he realized that he would never be a world champion. A matter of priorities, and for Slovenia, sport comes first.

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Has the Tour de France 2020 been faster than the previous editions?


Sunday, the 107e This edition of the Tour de France, which ended as usual on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, saw the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, who belongs to the UAE-Emirates team, win in the general classification. The 22-year-old rider covered the 3,484 km race in 87 hours 20 minutes and 5 seconds, ahead of his compatriot Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), at 59 seconds, and the Australian Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) , at 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

The performance of the young winner, as well as his sulphurous entourage, gave rise to suspicions of doping. Which were fed by the opening of an investigation. The day after the arrival on Monday, the Marseille prosecutor’s office announced that two members of the Arkéa-Samsic team were in police custody on suspicion of doping. In this context, you ask us the following question: “Is the 2020 Tour the fastest in recent years?”

Tadej Pogacar completed the 3,484 km of the Tour route in 5,240 minutes. That is an average speed of 39.89 km / h. A pace that is nothing new, and even appears to be the slowest since the 2016 edition and the victory of Chris Froome (39.62 km / h on average).

So far, the record for the fastest edition was set by Lance Armstrong in 2005 with 41.65 km / h. He was stripped in 2012 of his seven titles for doping as well as his records, by decision of the International Cycling Union (UCI).

Less spectacular differences

Over the last ten editions, as an indication, several riders have been faster, on average than Tadej Pogacar: Egan Bernal (40.57 km / h in 2019), Geraint Thomas (40.21 km / h in 2018), Vincenzo Nibali (40.68 km / h in 2014) or even Christopher Froome (40.54 km / h in 2013 and 40.99 km / h in 2017).

However, this comparison, according to specialists, does not say much. The real breakthrough in terms of speed dates from the turn of the 1990s, when we observed a “Explosion of the average speed due to the emergence of EPO [hormone qui augmente le nombre de globules rouges dans le sang, ndlr]», Explains Pierre Carrey, journalist who followed the Tour de France for Release. In 1990, Greg LeMond had won the event at an average of 35.7 km / h, when American Lance Armstrong won the tour fifteen years later with an average of 41.65 km / h.

For twenty-five years, the differences have been less spectacular from one edition to another, and can be explained by many external parameters, such as the direction of the wind, the tactical scheme of the race, and especially the profile of the course. As Antoine Vayer, former trainer of the Festina team and creator of Chronoswatts, a blog specializing in cycling, explains: “Last year, like this year, the Tour was very mountainous. Logically, it rolls less quickly than on a flatter course. “

Portions comparables

A more relevant way to gauge performance is to look at speed on comparable portions, such as climbs. Tadej Pogacar, for example, climbed the Peyresourde pass in 24 minutes and 35 seconds: he then broke the record set at 25 minutes and 22 seconds by Alexandre Vinokourov in 2003. In 2007, the Kazakh was excluded from the Tour de France for doping .

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On the impressive rise of the Belles-Filles board during the individual time trial, where he took the yellow jersey, he equaled Fabio Aru’s record in 2017, in 16 minutes and 10 seconds. But the Italian was accompanied by his teammates, when Pogacar was alone, and had to change bikes during the ascent. The Marie-Blanque pass was swallowed in 17 minutes and 36 seconds, 23 less than Lance Armstrong and Ivan Basso in 2005, both suspended for doping.

Certain technical improvements and technological advances, such as equipment (bikes, jersey), lawful methods of preparation and recovery, or nutrition can allow runners to be faster. “But not as much as Pogacar and Roglic during this year’s ascent records”, according to Antoine Vayer, witness to doping in the 90s.

“It is no longer a humanly possible performance”

Another performance indicator that has been scrutinized (and sometimes disputed) for years: the power released by the runners. Specifically, Antoine Vayer and his teams estimated, thanks to an analysis of televised images and data on seven passes of the Tour, the watts developed by the cyclists, by integrating numerous data such as the force of the wind, the type of bike, the coating. The result is a measurement of the standard watts: “That is what a typical 70 kilo runner deploys as power to go up a hill.” The 2020 edition of the Tour was, on this point, edifying. Five climbing records were broken (four by Pogacar, one by Roglic).

According to estimates collected by Antoine Vayer, the winner of the Tour de France 2020 has developed an average of 422 standard watts over the seven passes analyzed. This is more than the averages of the previous ten winners during their climbs. And that’s in line with the Lance Armstrong era average (which goes up to Alberto Contador), which stood at precisely 422 (with a low of 406 for Armstrong in 1999 and a high of 440 for Contador. in 2009). “Above the threshold of 410 standard watts, in my opinion, this is no longer a human performance possible”, explains Antoine Vayer.

In the Peyresourde pass, Pogacar went up to 467 standard watts (his record on the Tour). Biggest performance since 2009. By comparison, the biggest peak recorded in the mountains for Armstrong is 462.

Note that speed or power analyzes may constitute elements of presumption of doping, even if they do not provide proof of guilt. An athlete can only be officially considered doped in the event of a positive test, confession or judicial investigation.

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Roglic, the public wants to believe it

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If he does not crack this Saturday, September 19 in the time trial to La Planche des Belles Filles, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic will be sure to see Paris with the yellow jersey. In the world of professional cycling, the ultra domination of this former ski jumping champion and his Jumbo-Visma team is astonishing – to put it mildly – without arousing, for the moment, the animosity of the public.

Les Jumbo? « Flying elephants », Their performance? ” Abnormal “. With his words, the former yellow jersey Romain Feillu writes on social networks what others think very strongly behind the scenes of the Tour. The images of the yellow train of the Jumbo-Visma recall those of the US Postal of the Armstrong years.

At the top of the passes, in the thin pack of favorites, Primoz Roglic regularly found himself surrounded by three or four team-mates, against none for his rivals. We even saw Wout Van Aert, 78 kilos on the scales, sprint specialist and winner of two stages in this exercise, let go of the pedal several confirmed climbers.

« That makes me smile “, Ironically Pierre, a practicing cyclist but little believer, present at the finish in Champagnole,” When we see Roglic’s very rapid progress, we can ask ourselves questions because we are regularly disappointed with the Tour de France and its doping cases. : we think that the best wins, then we realize that this is not always the case … It spoils the fun a little »Loose the young man, one of the few we meet to say he is really embarrassed by the seizure of the Slovenian and his training.

Roglic, much less hated than Froome and the Ineos

Is it because this Tour, in the health context, is first and foremost a necessary celebration for a suffering population? Or because the French see Primoz Roglic, a runner little known to the general public, from a large country like Picardy, a nice alternative to the ultra-domination of the Sky / Ineos in recent years? Still, the Slovenian aroused relatively little hostility in the public, when Christopher Froome received whistles, insults and jeers at the time when he crushed the Tour.

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« Of course, I would have preferred to see the French in front », Comments Pascal, originally from Haute-Marne,« but this year, we must recognize that Roglic and his young compatriot Pogaçar are stronger. I hope they are not doped. I think they are especially better prepared than our runners, who had to stop longer with our containment regime “. For him, the party is far from wasted.

And there are even others for whom Roglic is a new “ pet » : « I find him reserved but very nice Jeremy attacks. This fan of Frenchman Nans Peters met up with the rider’s relatives a few days ago: “ It was on arrival in Villard-de-Lans, we were writing messages for Nans on the road, and then they asked us to write “Rogla”, Roglic’s nickname. There was his wife and some friends. We hit it off and they even offered us some weird, but super good Slovenian beer and biscuits ».

Biscuits ” weird “, This is perhaps the secret of Primoz Roglic, mysterious champion who could offer us Sunday in Paris his first smile. A yellow smile for some.

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