Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) won stage 2 of the Tour of Slovenia, taking over the race leadership after soloing to the finish in Celje.
The 22-year-old got away on the final second-category climb to Svetina on a day dominated by his team. He crossed the line after a 22-kilometre solo ride to take his seventh win of 2021 by 1:22.
Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) took second place from the chase group, beating Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) in a sprint to the line.
"This stage was already two years ago and it was even harder than today," Pogacar said after the stage. "I felt super good so I tried to go full gas on the climb. I got a gap and then after the descent full gas to the finish and I made it.
"I really like this stage. It’s a classic one for the race. I tried today and it was a success. I didn’t think it would be such a good advantage in the end. I’m really happy to take this win."