Tadej Pogačar takes care of his successors - Pogi Team is the new name of the children’s and youth team KD Rog – In the 2021 season the team will officially be named Pogi Team Generali, and sponsored by Alé Cycling.
Tadej Pogačar, the winner of Tour de France 2020, founded the Pogi Team as part of the Rog Cycling Association, which includes cyclists who want to succeed Roglič and Pogačar on the world cycling scene. Tadej has been training at the KD Rog club since he was nine years old. We all remember how he raced on a green Billato bike. The bike was almost bigger than Tadej. He took the first race in Trstenik near Kranj. Other competitors were at least a year or two older than him, some even three years. He finished last, but he didn’t drop out. He was a quick learner, and he never finished last again.
Miha Koncilija, Tadej’s first coach, was appointed director of the team by Tadej. This is how he commented on his new role: “Tadej has shown us all his human greatness many times, but it’s really beautiful that at the age of 22 he feels responsible to give something back to cycling and the club in which he was raised. It is an immense honour and pleasure for me to be able to lead the Pogi Team together with all my colleagues and coaches and I am confident that together we will be able to raise future cycling champions for a long time to come.”
Under the auspices of the Pogi Team there is also a school for the youngest who are interested in cycling. The Pogi Team includes all categories of boys as well as younger and older juniors in its ranks. In season 2021 the team will be called Pogi Team Generali, a sponsor who has been working with KD Rog for many years. Other sponsors of the team include Slovenian Tourist Organization (STO) branded I feel Slovenia, Tuš, Municipality of Ljubljana, Peugeot, Telekom Slovenije, Guardiaris, Tadej Pogačar, and among foreign sponsorship names there are Colnago, Met, Prologue, DMT, Scicon and Alé.
The Rog Ljubljana Cycling Association has a 72-year tradition of educating young and talented cyclists such as Primož Čerin, Jure Pavlič, Gorazd Penko, Boris Premužič, Martin Hvastija, Zoran Klemenčič, Andrej Hauptman, Borut Božič, Jure Kocjan, Luka Mezgec, Jan Tratnik, Jan Polanc and Luka Pibernik. The association brings together three teams under its roof: the men’s member continental team Gusto Santic Ljubljana, the women’s professional team ALÉ BTC Ljubljana, woman’s youth team BTC City Ljubljana Scott, the children’s and youth team Pogi Team Generali, amateur cycling team Ljubljana MigiMigi and the organization of the largest cycling event in Slovenia Marathon Franja.